Agents Will be Trained in Centralized
State of the Art Facility
Washington, DC — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner
Robert C. Bonner announced today that the Border Patrol Academy will be consolidated
in a state of the art training facility located in Artesia, New Mexico. Currently,
new Border Patrol agents are trained in two different locations in Georgia and
“The Border Patrol has one of the most important Homeland Security missions: controlling
our nation’s borders, especially the more than 6,000 miles of border with Mexico
and Canada,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner.
“The new Border Patrol Academy, will build a foundation our Border Patrol agents
need to meet their anti-terrorism, interdiction and border security mission."
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) will host the Border Patrol
Academy at its Artesia, NM training center. The Border Patrol Academy is responsible
for addressing the basic and advanced training needs for more than 11,000 Border
Patrol agents nationwide. New Border Patrol agents must complete a rigorous, 19-week
training program that includes courses in anti-terrorism, federal Immigration
and anti-drug laws, criminal law and statutory Authority, behavioral science,
intensive Spanish language training, Border Patrol Operations, care and use of
firearms, physical training and motor vehicle operations. The Academy’s New Mexico
location provides a unique environment similar to Southwest border where many
Border Patrol agents are assigned because of illegal migration and illegal drug
“The Border Patrol is an important part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The Border Patrol’s primary mission is to gain control of our borders and this
has always been important, but in the post 9/11 era, it is essential. So far this
year, Border Patrol agents have made over one million arrests and seized over
a billion dollars worth of drugs,” said Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar. “The
Academy and its instructors provide some of the best law enforcement training
in the world. By having the academy in one location, we will be able to more effectively
and efficiently provide a professional training environment to new agents that
join the CBP Border Patrol family."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department
of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our
Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with
keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds
of U.S. laws.