EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — The United States Border Patrol was established in 1924.
While its primary mission is to detect and prevent the illegal entry of undocumented immigrants into the United States, Border Patrol agents also prevent terrorists and terrorists’ weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, from entering the United States, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
The Border Patrol is specifically responsible for patrolling nearly 6,000 miles of international land borders with Mexico and Canada, and more than 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding the Florida Peninsula and the island of Puerto Rico. Agents also work in many isolated communities throughout the United States.
The Border Patrol started with a handful of “mounted guards,” who operated out of El Paso, Texas, patrolling desolate areas along U.S. borders. Today, the Border Patrol has more than 21,000 agents.
All Border Patrol agents spend 26 weeks in training at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico, which is a component of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
The current chief of the Border Patrol is Carla Provost.
- The Border Patrol’s summer dress uniform consists of a short-sleeve, olive-green dress shirt (which may or may not have blue shoulder straps), brass nameplate, badge, olive-green slacks with a blue stripe running the length of the seam, and black dress shoes or
dressboots. A green, straw campaign hat is worn with this uniform.
- The Border Patrol winter dress uniform consists of a long-sleeve, olive green dress shirt, navy-blue clip-on tie with a brass tie tack, olive-green Eisenhower jacket with blue accents (shoulder straps and cuffs), brass nameplate, badge, olive-green slacks with a blue stripe running the length of the seam, and black dress shoes or dress boots. a green, felt campaign hat with a black, leather hat band is worn with this uniform.
- The rough duty uniform consists of a green, long-sleeve or short-sleeve work shirt, green cargo pants, and black work boots. A green baseball cap is typically worn with this uniform.
- There are also specialized rough duty uniforms for marine patrol (riverine), northern border cold weather, horse patrol
andbike patrol agents.