U.S. Customs and Border Protection formally opened its new Operational Integration Center on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan last week. The center will provide a centralized location for CBP, along with federal, state, local and international partners, to gather, analyze and disseminate operational and strategic data in the Great Lakes region of the Northern border for use by frontline agents and officers.
"The opening of this Operational Integration Center will enhance CBP's ability to work collaboratively and effectively with all of our partners in the Great Lakes region to provide front line officers and leaders with the information they need to enhance border security and facilitate legitimate travel and trade," stated James Wainer, the center's director.
In attendance at the day's event were Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Candice Miller, Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder, CBP Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar and U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara.
In addition to CBP's U.S. Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations and Office of Air and Marine, the U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan State Police, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Ontario Provincial Police are all taking active roles in the OIC.
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.