GRAND FORKS, N.D. - On September 20, 2016, United States Border Patrol Chief Michael Morgan announced that Andrew J. Althoff was selected as the Grand Forks Sector’s Deputy Chief Patrol Agent (DCPA). DCPA Althoff, a Delano, MN native, will serve as second in command for the Grand Forks Sector. Grand Forks Sector is the largest Border Patrol Sector in land area consisting of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Grand Forks Sector consists of seven Border Patrol Stations along 861 miles of land border with Canada.
DCPA Althoff started his career with the U.S. Border Patrol on September 14, 1997. His first duty assignment was at the Casa Grande Station in Tucson Sector. From there he received promotions to Senior Patrol Agent, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, and Patrol Agent in Charge at the Pembina Station in Grand Forks Sector. Upon leaving the Pembina Station, he served as the Branch Chief of the Force Modernization Branch in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Use of Force Policy Division at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where he was instrumental in the evolution and development of CBP’s use of force tools. In late 2010, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Patrol Agent at Grand Forks Sector Headquarters.
In 2007, Deputy Chief Althoff was awarded the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioners Award and the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for leading Border Support Team 8 during deployment to Iraq.
Prior to joining the Border Patrol, DCPA Althoff served twelve years in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman, Military Police Investigator, and Army Intelligence Special Agent. Six of the twelve years were spent assigned to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – as an Army Intelligence Special Agent. His tour of duty with the Army also included deployments to several different countries.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.