TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tucson Director of Field Operations William K. Brooks was formally sworn into office this morning at a CBP Field Operations change of command ceremony. Family, friends, colleagues and local dignitaries gathered as Brooks recited the oath of office during a ceremony at the Tucson Police Department.
“I am honored and humbled to be the Director of Field Operations in Tucson. My goal is improve ports I have been entrusted to oversee and to continue to work closely with our stakeholders,” said William K. Brooks, Tucson Director of Field Operations. “Additionally, I want to assure the American public that I will continue to support the local communities without wavering, my overall responsibility of securing our nations border.”
As the Tucson Director of Field Operations, Brooks will be responsible for operations and enforcement activities at eight international ports of entry in Arizona, and the processing of 23.5 million people; more than 8.1 million vehicles; close to 462,000 commercial trucks and railcars; and $21 billion in international trade each year.
Brooks began his federal government service with the former U.S. Customs Service (USCS) in 1983 at the Port of Calexico, California. During his more than 30 years of service with USCS and CBP, he has held many leadership positions and performed duties that require the ability to think strategically, provide practical guidance, articulate the agency’s vision, and manage national projects of significance to completion. He served as the Port Director at the Port of Andrade, California as well as the Port Director at the Port of San Luis. Prior to joining USCS, Mr. Brooks who is a native to the desert southwest of Arizona, served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Yuma County Sheriff’s office. He attended Arizona Western College, majoring in Criminal Justice.
CBP Field Operations in 2008 adopted formal change of command ceremonies as another way to unify the workforce and highlight the agency mission. Since its inception in March 2003, CBP has developed and implemented standards, policies and symbols to advance the internal and external recognition of the agency and to demonstrate the strides the agency has made as the guardians of the nation’s borders. The change of command ceremony is designed to meet those goals.
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.