Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the front-line border security agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the priority mission of preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while also facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. CBP prevents narcotics, agricultural pests and smuggled goods from entering the country and also identifies and arrests individuals with outstanding criminal warrants. CBP leverages its enforcement and intelligence-gathering capabilities to execute the mission of border and airspace security. More than 58,600 CBP employees manage, control and protect the nation’s borders at, and between, the official ports of entry. CBP is responsible for protecting more than 5,000 miles of border with Canada, 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and 95,000 miles of shoreline.
The CBP Office of Intelligence & Operations Coordination (OIOC), headed by an assistant commissioner, is responsible for the entire intelligence cycle, including planning, collection, processing, analysis, production and dissemination of all-source intelligence. By functioning as the situational awareness hub for CBP, the OIOC provides timely, relevant information and actionable intelligence to operators and decision-makers. The OIOC also plans, synchronizes and coordinates operations and initiatives across CBP components and with external entities. Finally, the OIOC spearheads CBP’s Incident Management efforts by coordinating CBP’s response to significant incidents, be they natural or man-made.
The CBP field organization includes nearly 27,000 employees at 20 major field offices, 327 ports of entry, 58 operational Container Security Initiative ports and 15 pre-clearance stations in Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. Each year, the Office of Field Operations (OFO) manages the processing of 400 million passengers; 122 million cars, trucks, planes, and ships; 2 million cargo containers arriving in this country; and $34 billion in currency moving in and out of the country.
On Jan. 17, 2006, CBP consolidated its air and marine assets, programs and personnel into the Office of CBP Air and Marine (OAM) to create the world’s largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization. OAM includes more than 1,200 federal agents, 290 aircraft and 225 marine vessels operating from 79 locations throughout the United States. OAM uses its fleet of aircraft, helicopters and drones to detect, sort, intercept, track and apprehend criminals. Its specialized law enforcement capability enables CBP to provide border protection and law enforcement operations between ports of entry, within the maritime operating areas and within the nation’s interior. In addition, OAM interdiction aircraft are frequently deployed to locations such as Costa Rica, Ecuador and Aruba, near drug source and transit zones. OAM aircraft also deploy when necessary to sites in Panama, Peru, Belize, El Salvador and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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