What BPA do?
Agents of the Border Patrol don’t just wear a badge; they live it. It’s who they are, and it’s ingrained in their blood. Wearing the badge entails being prepared for everything and ensuring that our country’s borders are protected at all times. Border Patrol agents are on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep our international land borders and coastal seas between ports of entry secure. They protect the American people against terrorists and their weapons, drug smugglers, and undocumented noncitizens entering the country illegally. They reflect the essential values of US Customs and Border Protection: integrity, vigilance, and dedication to the country.
BPA Typical Assignments:
• Detecting, preventing, and apprehending undocumented noncitizens, smugglers of noncitizens, and illegal narcotics by maintaining surveillance from covert positions at or near the 6,000 miles of Mexican and Canadian international land borders and over 2,000 miles of coastal borders;
• Responding to electronic sensor alarms in remote areas;
• Interpreting and following tracks, marks, and other physical evidence of undocumented noncitizens and smugglers;
• Using cutting edge technology, such as infrared scopes during nighttime operations;
• Performing line-watch duties, traffic checkpoint operations, city patrols, transportation checks, and other law enforcement duties, as assigned; and
• Communicating and/or giving verbal commands in Spanish to Spanish-speaking undocumented noncitizens and smugglers.