The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

OIG Review of CBP "Use of Force" Training and Incidents

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a new report investigating the use of force within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. The report, "CBP Use of Force Training and Actions to Address Use of Force Incidents," is a response to the April 2012 media reports on the death of an undocumented immigrant while in custody of CBP in May 2010. Amid allegations of the use of "excessive force" by CBP personnel, members of Congress requested that OIG review the use force policies and incidents within the agency.

While CBP has already taken steps to reduce use of force incidents, such as administering pre-employment polygraph tests and ensuring consistency in use of force training, OIG argues that there is still more that can be done.

OIG makes three recommendations for reducing use of force incidents:

  1. "CBP should work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to implement a method to identify excessive force allegations in its case management system.
  2. Develop processes to incorporate information regarding assaults on agents that do not result in the use of force into its analysis of use of force incidents.
  3. Evaluate and act upon field audit results."