New Border Patrol Deputy Chief Begins Assignment in San Diego
SAN DIEGO—The U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sector, announced the selection of Roy D. Villareal as its new Deputy Chief Patrol Agent (DCPA) as of September 19, 2016.
As second-in-command of the San Diego Sector, DCPA Villareal assumed oversight responsibilities in securing 60 miles of southern land border and the entire California coastal region, as well as personnel ranks of more than 2,400 Border Patrol agents and 200 support personnel.
A native of El Centro, Calif., DCPA Villareal began his career with the Border Patrol in September 1988 and was assigned to the San Clemente Border Patrol Station in the San Diego Sector. Throughout his 28-year career, he has served key leadership positions at Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington DC, Yuma Sector, and El Centro Sector, where he was most recently assigned as the DCPA prior to his current assignment with the San Diego Sector.
Among his major accomplishments, DCPA Villareal served as the coordinator for the Border Safety Initiative, co-authored the Border Patrol Evidence Policy, and held a critical role in the development of the 2004 U.S./Mexico Action Plan for Cooperation and Border Safety. Additionally, DCPA Villareal helped establish the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Team (BORSTAR) and served as the elite unit’s first commander.
“Roy Villareal brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to San Diego,” said Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow. “He will provide the leadership needed to advance our sector’s border security mission.”
DCPA Villareal replaces Rodney Scott, who was promoted to the position of Chief Patrol Agent for the El Centro Sector in February 2016.