Ensuring We Have Well-Trained Boots on the Ground at the Border, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, June 19, 2007 [open pdf - 1MB]
From the opening statement of Christopher P. Carney: "The Customs and Border Patrol [CBP] force is one of the best agencies in DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and the Federal Government. Border Patrol agents train at the elite Border Patrol Training Academy, and customs and border protection officers are trained by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. But it is no secret that CBP as a whole lacks the manpower to fulfill its crucial mission. Currently, there are about 13,500 Border Patrol officers on the ground and only 18, 000 customs and border protection officers who are responsible for inspections at more than 300 official ports of entry. The administration urged for, and the last Congress authorized but failed to fund, an additional 10,000 Border Patrol agents. [...] Aside from funding more boots on the ground, we must also ensure funding for our Federal law enforcement training apparatus. Without adequate training capacity and infrastructure, the staffing levels needed to enforce our immigration laws and secure our border will simply be insufficient. Even with the best training, CBP still faces annual attrition due to retirements and transfers. This subcommittee and the full committee have been continually examining the morale problems within DHS, but CBP personnel are so good at what they do, they are being recruited to join other law enforcement agencies. We have spent enough time and money on their training that we must do everything we can in order to keep retention up." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher P. Carney, Mike Rogers, Ed Perlmutter, T. J. Bonner, Colleen M. Kelley, Robert B. Rosenkranz, Cynthia Atwood, Art Morgan, Richard M. Stana, and Charlie Whitmire.
Serial No. 110-49
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