Port Clinton, Ohio - U.S. Customs and Border Protection today held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Sandusky Bay Station in Port Clinton, Ohio. The new facility will be home to approximately 95 federal agents and officers from the U.S. Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations, and Office of Air and Marine-the first CBP building in the nation to house all three CBP operational components in one location.
"This station will enhance CBP's ability to work collaboratively and effectively in Northern Ohio in order to provide our agents and officers with the information they need to enhance border security and facilitate legitimate travel and trade," said David Murphy, Director of Field Operations.
U.S. Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Randy Gallegos said, "This building will provide a centralized location for CBP, federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners to gather, analyze and disseminate operational and strategic data for the Northern Ohio and Lake Erie Region."
Northern Border Director of Air and Marine Operations, John Beutlich stated, "The new facility will help us continue to address the unique border enforcement challenges of the Great Lakes region."
DHS has made critical security improvements along the Northern border, investing in additional Border Patrol agents, technology, and infrastructure. DHS currently has more than 2,200 Border Patrol agents on the Northern border, a 700 percent increase since 9/11, almost 3,800 CBP officers managing the flow of people and goods across ports of entry along the Northern border, and approximately 298 Air and Marine agents.
DHS also continues to deploy additional technology, including thermal camera systems, Mobile Surveillance Systems, and a Remote Video Surveillance System to the Northern border, and is using Recovery Act funds to modernize more than 35 land ports of entry along the Northern border to meet the security and operational standards of our post-9/11 world.