The new head of Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday he believes in the merits of body-worn video cameras for Border Patrol officers, but technology and privacy challenges have stood in the way of implementation.
Initially, the Border Patrol needed the Government Accountability Office to prod it. "Quite frankly, they had it right. If you can't measure it, you shouldn't be doing it," Fisher said during remarks at the Border Security Expo.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The last two decades of border security efforts may have improved public safety in heavily populated areas in southwestern border states – but much of the crime has simply moved to rural areas, two Arizona officials said. Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County said that smugglers are a major problem in his area.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Defense Department may not charge Customs and Border Protection to repurpose military technology, but the arrangement can still be expensive for CBP.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Now that the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate has established a track record and credibility, it plans to take on more risky, futuristic projects, an agency official said Tuesday.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The realignment of Customs and Border Protection's operations in Arizona under a single leader has strengthened the agency in the state, the Arizona commander said Wednesday. But for now, its approach remains unique within CBP.
The mistakes of the failed SBInet procurement would be repeated if Customs and Border Protection took the advice of the the Government Accountability Office to improve a major border technology program, a CBP official said Wednesday.
Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher issued a long-awaited directive March 7 to clarify the agency's use-of-force policy. Don't fire weapons at moving vehicles or in response to rock-throwing, the directive (.pdf) says – not unless there's grounds for believing that "an immediate danger of death of serious injury" exists.
Customs and Border Protection's budget would rise to $13.1 billion and the agency would hire an additional 2,000 officers under the White House fiscal 2015 request.
A long-awaited, somewhat delayed contract for towers hung with high-tech sensors to detect movement along the southwest border went to Texas-based EFW, Customs and Border Patrol announced Feb. 27.