CBP Field Operations: Protecting America 24/7

CBP Field Operations: Protecting America 24/7


[Music] NARRATOR: Every day, around our
nation and around the world, at every airport, seaport,
and land border, the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border
Protection Field Operations are on the front lines, ensuring the physical
and economic security of the United States. CBP Field Operations is one of
three uniformed branches of U.S. Customs and Border
Protection. As part of the Department
of Homeland Security, CBP was established in response to the events of
September 11, 2001. We witnessed the attack
on our nation and responded, not out of fear,
but with resolve and strength
and a sense of mission. Today, that mission is
to keep our nation secure, enforce our laws, and safeguard our global
economic strength. Every person and every product
coming into the United States is subject to laws
enforced by CBP. We enforce the laws at every
land port of entry, whether the traveler walks
or rides across the border. We enforce the laws
at every seaport, on vessels large and small, whether the ship carries
cargo or passengers. And we enforce the laws
at every airport that receives international
flights, whether the aircraft carries people, packages, mail,
or commercial cargo. NARRATOR: We defend our borders
from terrorists, smugglers, and traffickers
and other criminals while making sure that
legitimate travel and trade are safe, legal, and secure. In fact, CBP Field Operations enforces the laws
and regulations of over 40 different agencies — laws that cover product safety,
public health, intellectual property rights,
and fair trade practices. With the extraordinary growth
of global trade, effective enforcement
of these laws is vital to our country’s security
and critical to our nation’s economic prosperity
and global competitiveness. CBP collects tens of billions
of dollars in duties at our ports of entry, providing
a significant source of revenue for our nation’s treasury. CBP Field Operations
is a world-class law enforcement organization
with more than 20,000 highly trained law enforcement
officers and 2,400 agriculture
specialists at more than 300 ports of
entry in the United States and dozens of locations abroad. Working alongside them are hundreds of experienced
specialists in such diverse disciplines
as intelligence, import compliance, communications, technology, laboratory and scientific
services, training, and human resources. CBP’s job begins before passengers and cargo
even get here. Our National Targeting Centers reach out worldwide to the points of origin,
where people and goods begin their journey
to our shores. On the passenger side,
our targeting processes include working with the
private sector travel industry and our international partners. We use advanced technologies, intelligence,
data, biometrics, and sophisticated
assessment methods to identify high-risk travelers
prior to their departure and while en route
to the United States. On the vast amount
of international trade moving across our border, our multiple screening
techniques target high-risk shipments
for chemical, biological, radiological, conventional
weapons, and explosives in all modes of transportation. We use X-ray imaging,
radiation detection, and other state-of-the-art
technologies. And the job goes on
24 hours a day, every day of the year. On a typical day,
CBP Agricultural Specialists seize thousands of prohibited
animal and plant products and intercept hundreds of potentially devastating
agricultural pests. Whether it’s a single apple
in a carry-on bag or 300 boxes of cut flowers
in a cargo shipment, we close the borders
to pests, diseases, and potential sources
of bioterrorism. We’re on the job 24/7. On a typical day,
CBP secures the flow of more than a million
travelers. Most are law-abiding. We ease the entry
of trusted travelers into the U.S. using electronic
passport verification and real-time biometrics. But some travelers
are not law-abiding, and we root them out through the
use of professional judgment, keen instincts, and the
state-of-the-art technologies. In fact, CBP apprehends more
people nationwide each year based on outstanding warrants than any other law enforcement
agency in the country. When you see our officers in blue, you will know that we are CBP Field Operations, protecting you against criminals
and terrorists trying to enter
our country. When you drive or walk
across the border… When you get off
your international flight or your cruise ship…
we are there. When you shop
for consumer goods, CBP import specialists make sure
that the products you buy are not counterfeit
or unsafe. And CBP collects
all the proper duties, to help keep the engine
of our economy running. We are CBP Field Operations,
and we are there. When drug traffickers
try to smuggle in marijuana, cocaine, heroin,
ecstasy, methamphetamines, and other dangerous
and illegal substances, we stop them at the border. When criminals
try to take weapons and illicit currency
out of our country to benefit drug cartels
and terrorist groups, we are there to break
the cycle of violence. When criminals and terrorists
try to flee the country, we stop them and help bring them
to justice. [Door closes] When emergency situations arise,
we are there to protect our ports of entry
and our borders. We gather and analyze
intelligence to disrupt worldwide networks
of terror, connecting the dots that link
these criminal enterprises. When a disaster strikes, we are among the first
to respond, rescuing victims
and offering assistance and comfort to those in need. We are CBP Field Operations,
and we are there. Every day
on the front line, the highly trained men and women
of CBP Field Operations serve with professionalism
and unwavering dedication. We serve with honor throughout the United States
and around the world. Protecting the security of our
nation and our way of life. With vigilance, integrity,
and service to country. We are Field Operations. We are Field
Operations. We are Field Operations. ALL: We are CBP. [Music]

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