Training More Border Agents: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, May 24, 2005 [open pdf - 461KB]
From the opening statement of Mike Rogers: "We are holding this hearing to examine how the Department of Homeland Security can hire and train 2,000 new Border Patrol agents. We are also interested in finding out how much this will cost … We will also discuss the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and explore how many agents the facility can train per year. We would also like to hear about the Center's current training capacity and determine how much it will cost to expand the Center to accommodate a significant increase in training. We need to ensure the best possible training for Border Patrol agents while safeguarding taxpayer dollars. To address these issues, we are pleased to have on our first panel, Chief Thomas Walters, the Assistant Commissioner of Training and Development at the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, and we will also hear from Director Connie Patrick, from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Our second panel will include Mr. T.J. Bonner, the President of National Border Patrol Council, and Mr. Gary Jackson, the President of Blackwater USA. Blackwater is a private tactical training firm that has trained over 50,000 law enforcement, military, and civilian personnel." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mike Rogers, Kendrick B. Meek, Christopher Cox, Bennie G. Thompsoon, Donna Christensen, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Michael McCaul, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Thomas Walters, Connie Patrick, T.J. Bonner, and Gary Jackson.
Serial No. 109-15
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