Group Work (Organizational Culture)

Characteristics Of The United  States Border Patrol

The United States Border Patrol is the head of defense in the United States. It is in charge of detecting and preventing any kind of violence at the borders of the United States. Examples of violence in its mission are terrorists’ attacks, entry of destructive weapons, illegal migrations and drug trafficking and any other crimes that can be carried out on the border. Post the September 11th attack in the United States the USBP enhanced its strategies and improved its policies regarding destructive entry into the borders. (Marcia, 2008).

The USBP has on average of seventeen thousand employees and has also deployed technology to aid them in undertaking there defensive duties. The United States Border Patrol is in charge of protecting the northern and the southern coasts of the United States, but more emphasis is placed on the southern border since there are more cases of immigration into the States. In the south western border the United States Border Patrol has implemented a larger percentage of patrol agents in order to be able to cab this immigration. On the other hand the northern boarder is more prone to terrorist attacks. Due to this the United States Border Patrol has integrated with the Canadian establishment and together they have deployed technological aspects to monitor the northern border. USBP has joined forces with other security institutions in the United States to help maintain and enhance security issues. (Randal, 2008)

Agents of the United States have the authority to cross-examine, investigate and detain any illicit aliens and any one who is against the laws. After the September 11th attack the Border patrol reviewed their strategies to include the following: detecting potential likelihood of terrorist trying to enter the ports of the states; improved their enforcement measures; perceive any kind of smuggling on the borders; implementing technological strategies and diminish misdemeanor and thus improve the general economic vigor. (Marcia, 2008).

Group Work (Organizational Culture)

In order to detect felony, the Border Patrol has got to employ intelligence skills and to do this the patrol agents have got to be well trained to be able to detect risks and terrorists from a distance and be able to employ technology that is latest and up to date. They use satellite surveillances, detectors and cameras that will make there operations more effective. (Randal, 2008)

The Border Patrol head office is situated in Washington DC and has other offices distributed all over the United States. Since its implementation, the Border patrol’s resources and finances has increased immensely over time. Border Patrol has overtime implemented very effective surveillance technologies that have changed names over time but the effectiveness remains the same over time. They have installed computer aided databases to detect and sensor any kind of alien attacks and immigration. If the system is tampered with an automatic alarm is raised and the agents position the camera to view the location and inform the ground agents. (Nuñez-Neto, 2006)

The agency also believes in the power of numbers. It is known to send agents in pairs to certain sections. Unfortunately, some of the borders are more dangerous than others and requires anywhere from two to four pairs of agents to secure that section of our border. The agents use technology to track some of the borders when the visibility is virtually zero. Information technology also assists the agents in identifying some of the illegal aliens they detain. It is a well known fact that most illegal aliens once deported will make more attempts to enter the country illegally. Having their identifying marks in a specialized database will notify the agent of such activity and he or she will know what steps to take with that particular illegal alien. The agents of the Border Patrol need to know how to use the various software programs they are required to use to properly perform their job duties. (Marcia, 2008).

The Border Patrol requires its employees to take refresher courses on topics such as cultural diversity, various computer software programs as well as hardware. An agent is only as good as his knowledge of how to use the equipment he has to assist him capture illegal aliens. It is also a necessity that the learn how to deal with complicated aliens.

Group Work (Organizational Culture)

Electronic finger scans, also characterizes the boarder patrol. This is an integrated automated fingerprint identification system that will help with the quick identification of all persons within the FBI’s database. This data base will help with people trying to re-enter the United States that has active criminal warrants. This is going to be one of the fastest and most effective ways to enforce our boarders. This new program will help with the checking of and making sure no one with a criminal background gets into the country. The mission of the boarder patrol is to protect the borders and this will absolutely make that a reality. (Randal, 2008)

Use of unmanned planes is another part of how our boarder will be kept safer in the future. These planes will help with information that will provide an advantage for the border patrol agent. With such information as pinpointing the area where problems might be as well as mapping it out for the agent so they might be better prepared for the immigrants they will encounter. This information will also be helpful to agents in the field to coordinate with other agents at base and provide the appropriate response. The information from the plane will be sent electronically to the patrols vehicle thus allowing the agent to move on the information timely and correctly per the situation.


Nuñez-Neto, (2006) Border security. The role of the United States Border Patrol. Congressional Research Service.

Coyle, Marcia (2008). Waivers for border fence challenged. Environmental groups take their complaints to Supreme Court. The Recorder.

Archibold, Randal (2008). Government issues waiver for fencing along border. New York Times.