HAVRE, MONT.—On July 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Border Patrol Chief, Michael J. Fisher, transferred command of the Havre Sector to Chief Patrol Agent Christopher N. Richards at a ceremony held at the Havre Border Patrol Station.
Rich in military history, change of command ceremonies are a formal, symbolic passing of responsibility, authority, and accountability of command to the newly sworn in Chief Patrol Agent, Christopher Richards. During the ceremony, the Chief of the Border Patrol passes the Border Patrol Guidon, surrounded by 21 streamers representing each of the Border Patrol operational sectors and the Border Patrol Academy, to the new Chief Patrol Agent. In assuming command, the new Chief Patrol Agent commits to the highest standards of professionalism in carrying out CBP's mission of securing our nation's borders and protecting America.
The ceremony was well-attended by federal, local, state, and tribal law enforcement personnel and representatives, including personnel from the FBI, the National Park Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Blackfeet Tribe, and numerous city and county law enforcement agencies.
Chief Richard's career in the Border Patrol spans more than 27 years, beginning in Wilcox, Arizona. He has held several leadership positions, and prior to his selection as Chief Patrol Agent of Havre Sector, he was assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters as an Associate Chief, where he had oversight of five sectors that accounted for 43 percent of all apprehensions and 48 percent of all marijuana seizures attributed to the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.