Border Security Leaders Talk Reality of the Job on FEDtalk

On Friday, several leaders from federal law enforcement groups who represent federal law enforcement along the border joined FEDtalk to discuss their experiences on the border and the resources they need to carry out their mission. While the border security debate has become a hot political topic in recent months, this discussion provided an insider’s look on the issue from the people engaged in border security.

Guests for the discussion included National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Executive Director Pat O’Carroll, and FLEOA National Executive Vice President Larry Cosme.

The discussion centered on border priorities and how law enforcement efforts directed at illegal immigration have changed over time.

Judd explains, “Unfortunately for us, we are normally behind the eight ball, we react instead of [being] proactive. But that is changing as we become more intelligence driven… the Homeland Security Investigations that are part of [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] allow us to be more proactive but in the past what we have done is reacted to the way the cartels have acted.”

O’Carroll highlighted how immigration and border security have become a cooperative effort by many law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Judd impressed upon the audience the need for additional personnel to better supplement technology and respond to crises at the border, telling stories of his time as a K-9 border patrol officer often responding to large groups of migrants attempting to cross the border alone.

O’Carroll and Cosme highlighted the importance of prioritizing officer safety and foreplanning to ensure agencies have the resources necessary to respond to conflicts. O’Carroll discussed how longer term budgets would provide greater stability within agencies and encourage long term hiring and adequate training.

Cosme ended the show noting, “There are humans behind the badge. Human beings that are out there, whether they are putting on a uniform or getting dressed up in a suit or in an undercover capacity trying to infiltrate organizations to stop the threat for our country, and that is important that folks out there understand. That [border security officers] are human being that need to be taken care of and that is why we are here to help them.”

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