HAVRE, Mont. — After culminating a career that spanned over 29 years of dedication to duty and integrity with the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), Havre Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent Christopher N. Richards retired on April 30, 2015.
“I am honored to have served with some of the greatest men and women in law enforcement and I leave the Border Patrol, and Havre Sector, with the knowledge and confidence that it is staffed by some of the very best,” noted Chief Richards.
Christopher Richards’ long career in the Border Patrol began in Tucson, Arizona, and included numerous leadership positions. Prior to his selection as Havre Sector’s Chief Patrol Agent, he was assigned to USBP Headquarters as an Associate Chief. He had oversight of five sectors that accounted for 43 percent of all apprehensions and 48 percent of all marijuana seizures attributed to USBP.
“Chief Richards epitomizes what it means to be a Border Patrol agent,” said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke of Havre Sector. “He is a strong and visionary leader and his legacy will leave a lasting impact on the Border Patrol for many years to come.”
He is also considered a subject matter expert in the U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Training and Development, where he authored course curriculum for Command Preparation courses for CBP Leadership.
During his tenure as the Chief of Havre Sector, he was the Border Patrol’s principal leader for anti-terrorism and homeland security missions for Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.
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.