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Proposal for a Safer Border

March 19, 2020

By Scott Strozier

The Editor wishes to thank Scott Strozier for his contribution to the BORDERPOL blog page. As the author of the article he is responsible for its content. 

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The United States Customs and Border Protection agency is meant to keep terrorists and smugglers of narcotics, firearms and other undesirable products from entering the United States. In addition to this the Customs and Border Protection agency is supposed to keep immigrants from entering our country illegally. The task given to the Border Protection agency is difficult and most American citizens’ claim that the organization is ineffective. Unfortunately some officers of the Customs and Border Patrol would agree with them.


There are a large number of illegal immigrants already, and they continue to slip by the agents of the border protection agency along with illegal firearms and narcotics. This is not due to incompetence on the part of the Border Protection agency; on the contrary the agency does very well with what it is given. The Border Patrol agency’s problem is obvious and has been stated by its director on more than one occasion. The problem is a lack of proper resources. The United States cannot give the border patrol the money they need in order to effectively fund the man power, technology and other resources they require to keep our borders safe.


Although there have been attempts to raise the necessary funds that the border would require, there has been little actual improvement. This is because raising money is only a temporary solution at best and does not address the real problem with the United States Border. However, I believe there is a way for the United States government to give all the necessary funding, resources and man power to the Customs and Border Control without an increase in taxes or a drop in government funds. This, theoretically, can be done by turning the border protection agency into an asset to all law enforcement agencies of the United States while giving the Border all the man power it needs and possibly more.


The only way to accomplish this is to make the Border Patrol profitable to the United States government and I believe the way to do this is with the cooperation of law enforcement agencies like the FBI, CIA, and DHS. These law enforcement agencies already work together with the border patrol on overlapping cases. However, more can be accomplished than just solving cases by working together in the way I propose all agencies will benefit from helping the border without losing funding.


The law enforcement agencies I have mention all provide different forms of security to the United States of America. The Federal Bureau of Investigation provides nationwide security for the United States by investigating terrorism, kidnapping and cross state robberies. The Central Intelligence Agency, which is an intelligence gathering agency, provides security for the United States oversees and keeps track of countries that may be potentially dangerous to the United States. Another agency would be the Department of Homeland Security, another organization that protects the US from several threats in the country including helping the border patrol.


Several of the goals of these organizations overlap but that is not the only thing about these agencies that overlap. All law enforcement agencies like the ones mentioned above have a common need, trained field agents. They all need agents that are trained in firearms, investigation, forensics; basic fitness requirements and experience in the field. The United States Customs and Border Protection have similar needs. The Border Protection requires field agents in order to track terrorism, smuggling, human trafficking and other threats from getting across the border, and to this end they need more manpower.


The proposal is to turn the United States Customs and Border Patrol into a training camp for all new recruits for law enforcement agencies. Since the FBI, CIA and DHS requirement list of skills for their agents all include techniques like tracking, forensics and firearms use. These same skills are also required of the Border Protection if to a lesser degree. Here is how the agencies would be useful together; turn the US Border Protection into a boot camp for law enforcement agencies.


Law enforcement agencies can send their new recruits to the Border Patrol for not only the proper training but also for experience. Since most law enforcement agencies require a certain number of years on the job or years of experience, new recruits can get this experience on patrol for the US Border Protection. This way the budget that law enforcement agencies usually receive in order to train their operatives can go to the Border Protection instead. This will provide the necessary funding to improve the border and increase the security of the United States. To better illustrate my proposal here is a basic overview of two law enforcement agencies: the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.


The training required by the FBI is over twenty weeks of instruction in areas such as academics, case exercises, firearms and operation skills. Going into more detail the training program sets up exercises were new agents are exposed to simulations of real cases in order to prepare them for their upcoming job. Trainees are also taught to expertly handle firearms and must maintain that expertise throughout their careers. They are also taught hand to hand defense procedures and are given physical training to ensure they are in tip top shape. This along with academic knowledge of the law and different types of criminal activity they might encounter.


The ATF’s training program for their agents consists of firearms tracking, identification as well as knowledge on how to use them. In academics they are taught interviewing techniques, weapon investigations and case studies. ATF agents are also required to be top physical condition and their training program consists of physical exercises as well. Finally the ATF also train their agents in undercover operations in order to get inside information on illegal selling of firearms and other contraband.


As you can see by the two examples above the training programs of the FBI and ATF have similar main skills that the organizations want their agents to know. However this is not true for only the FBI and the ATF almost all law enforcement agencies share these similar goals in their training programs even the CBP itself. These common denominators in law enforcement agencies are the purpose behind this proposal to make the border patrol more efficient and to benefit the Department of Justice.


One last example of the efficiency of this proposal can be seen in Germany’s version of S.W.A.T. the GSG-9. This high threat anti-terrorism team is well known as some of the best trained anti-terrorism police in the world. As part of the training to become a member of this team an officer must serve on the protection detail of the German border for a certain number of years before they can become eligible to join. Since the United States law enforcement agencies have similar needs of training for their agents sending them to gain experience at the border will make them better equipped to join the ranks of the U.S. law enforcement agencies.


The help this can give to the Border Protection is obvious but this plan will also benefit law enforcement agencies in the United States. With their agents sent to the Border Protection for early training; law enforcement agencies will not have to worry about training inexperienced officers, they can get them into the field faster and with better results. With the recruits of all the different law agencies being sent to the border for initial training and experience; the Border Protection will have more agents than the agency knows what to do with.


Scott Strozier sastrozier@comcast.net