Selfridge ANGB, Mich. - The U.S. Border Patrol's Detroit Sector Headquarters today announced that the Gull Island Remote Video Surveillance Tower construction has been completed. The Gull Island tower is one of 11 sites being constructed along Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River within the Detroit Sector's area of operation as part of the Secure Border Initiative Northern Border Project. The construction of the Gull Island tower marks the completion of more than 70 percent of tower construction in the Detroit Sector.
"This site is extrememly unique in that it is located on an island and the specific challenges that are involved with construction in such a remote location," said Greg Lambert, special operations supervisor with the Border Patrol. "Once operational, this technology will act as a force multiplier and allow our agents to expand their ability to detect, classify, respond to and resolve illegal cross border activity."
CBP has begun SBInet deployments on the northern border which will demonstrate integrated technology for addressing the needs and vulnerabilities of the northern border environment, as well as deploy proven, stand-alone technology that will provide immediate operational benefit. The St. Clair River area was selected because of its unique operational area which consists of coastal maritime environment, rural riverine environment and an urban setting.
SBInet develops and deploys integrated technology solutions to provide enhanced detection, tracking, response, and situational awareness capabilities. This deployment, combined with existing resources, assists front-line CBP personnel to more effectively deter, detect, and resolve illegal cross-border activity.
The Detroit Sector is comprised of 863 linear miles of international border covering more than 3,802 miles of lakeshores and riverbanks and is comprised of the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
The Border Patrol's primary mission is to prevent terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. It is an "all threats agency" that focuses on "national security and cross border crimes".
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.