Border Patrol to begin testing body cameras

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.

R. Gil Kerlikowske, who has led the Border Patrol's parent agency since March, announced the plans Tuesday to a small group of activists who have pressed for cameras, according to a person who attended the briefing and spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was intended to be private. Testing will occur at the Border Patrol academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

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CBP has not issued any proposals to the NBPC, so we'll have to wait and see what they come up with. There are obvious concerns, such as for how long will the footage be retained, under what circumstances could management review the footage, etc.

Death of BPA Tyler Robledo

NBPC Local 2366, Del Rio Sector, and the rest of the U.S. Border Patrol grieve today over the loss of Border Patrol Agent Tyler Robledo in a two-vehicle collision near Carrizo Springs, Texas, early this morning.

Honor First.

Visit ksat.com for an article about the tragedy.

Eldorado Honors Fallen Border Patrol Agent on SanAngeloLive.com

An account has been opened on YouCaring.com to donate to Tyler's family.

Help a DRT supervisor with medical/travel expenses for his little girl

A GoFundMe account has been created to help raise funds to help with the medical and travel expenses incurred by SBPA Iracheta and his family while caring for his little girl who was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease-Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Despite the hard times that Border Patrol agents have been facing lately, we always come together in the end to help out a fellow agent in need.

Please click here to read more about SBPA Iracheta's daughter and to donate.

Del Rio Sector Voluntary Swap Program is a go

Today, representatives from NBPC Local 2366 met with Chief Karisch and others from Del Rio Sector (DRT) management to sign the new standard operating procedure (SOP) for the DRT Voluntary Swap Program (VSP). The DRT VSP will be a pilot program, lasting for one year. There will be two announcements during that one-year period during which employees within Del Rio Sector will be able to register to swap work locations with another Del Rio Sector employee.

The open date of the first registration period is scheduled to take place on October 5, 2014, which is the start of pay period 20, the first full pay period in the next fiscal year. The registration period will last for a total of two pay periods (PP20 and PP21).

Sector will send a memo to all employees shortly explaining how the process will work. We will post that information here, along with a list of frequently asked questions.

Edit: Del Rio Sector sent out these documents announcing the pilot program.

Suspected killer of Border Patrol agent expected to face more charges linked to cartel crimes

MCALLEN, Texas – The alleged gunman in a Border Patrol agent's murder is expected to be hit with additional charges tying him to a series of armed robberies and car jackings at fishing spots in Cameron County over the last six weeks believed to be tied to the Gulf Cartel, sources told FoxNews.com.

One of those prior victims, who apparently was not injured, was an off-duty Border Patrol agent, sources told FoxNews.com.

Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, were charged Tuesday with murdering off-duty Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr. in Willacy County, along with six other charges including aggravated robbery and the attempted murder of Vega's father, who was shot in the hip.

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Border agents cleared of civil rights complaints from illegal immigrant children

Internal investigators have already dismissed most complaints of civil rights violations against federal agents handling the surge of illegal immigrant children on the border, the Homeland Security Department inspector general said in a new report Thursday that details near-heroic efforts agents and officers are making.

In its first report since the surge, the inspector general said agents have contracted everything from scabies and lice to chickenpox, including bringing the disease home to their own children, as they care for the unaccompanied minors. Investigators also said they saw instances of agents and officers spending their own money to buy toys, clothing and food for children and families.

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Pay Reform Rumors

After NBPC President Brandon Judd attended musters in Del Rio Sector yesterday, some new rumors popped up that have been gaining traction around the country.

Judd never said that AUO was going to be de-authorized on October 1, 2014. He did, however, say that DHS mandated CBP and all other components that use AUO to come up with new policies, training, and directives that are designed to monitor and scrutinize the use of AUO to the letter of the law. If CBP cannot properly implement said policies and directives or if the effort isn't worth it, AUO will be de-authorized in favor of targeted enforcement similar to what happened with USCIS, NPPD, and USSS. There is no set date for de-authorization; the training module has been completed, but it hasn't been rolled out yet.

Another rumor circulating is that Judd said that Ajo Station has been de-authorized of the use of AUO. He did not say that. Ajo has not been de-authorized.

Judd discussed the BP station in Grand Marais, Minnesota. The PAIC there sent an email to the station in which he placed several restrictions on the agents regarding the use of AUO and as a result of that email, everyone in Grand Marais was unable to justify even 10% and each and every agent was decertified at the end of the computation period. Brandon said that Ajo, one of the busiest stations in the country, recently went to four shifts to gear up for the loss of AUO. Their SOS sent out a similarly restrictive email, but it was later rescinded, because the policies, training, and directives hadn't been implemented yet.

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