The United States Border Patrol is the primary law enforcement agency of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Its mission is to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, and to apprehend individuals who illegally enter the country.
The Border Patrol is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation, with more than 21,000 employees. The majority of these employees are Border Patrol agents, who are responsible for enforcing immigration laws and preventing smuggling along the U.S. borders. Border Patrol agents typically work in remote areas and have a challenging job that requires long hours and frequent travel.
In addition to Border Patrol agents, the agency employs a number of support personnel, including dispatchers, clerical staff, and analytical experts. These employees work in CBP offices across the country and help to support the agency’s missions.
The average salary for a Border Patrol agent is $79,010 per year.
The job of a Border Patrol Agent is to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and terrorist activity from coming into the United States. They are responsible for patrolling the nation’s borders, ports of entry, and airports. Agents also work with other law enforcement agencies to investigate and apprehend individuals involved in cross-border criminal activity.
The average salary for a Border Patrol Agent is $73,387 per year. The highest paying states for Border Patrol Agents are California, Illinois, and Texas.
Our Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBP) are responsible for patrolling the Nation’s borders to prevent the illegal entry of terrorists, weapons, narcotics, and other contraband. They also enforce customs and immigration laws, protect agricultural and economic interests, and safeguard our Nation’s travel system.
As a CBP Officer, you will receive training in law enforcement techniques, firearms usage, and defensive tactics. You will also receive instruction on border patrol procedures and operations, Immigration and Nationality Act laws, and detention and deportation procedures.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that job prospects for all patrol officers, including border patrol agents, will be good between 2018 and 2028. The BLS estimates that positions in this field will grow by about 5% during this time period, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.