US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-
No land border with Canada.
Several commenters have taken issue with this statement. Maybe sharing no land border with Canada helps to explain why so few USBP arrests happen here.
Urban legend: The US Border Patrol stopped the Millennium Bomber at Port Angeles-
Pre-911 staffing & infrastructure levels got the job done. How many US Border Patrol agents were stationed at Port Angeles in 1999?
Two total cross-border arrests.
No cross-border USBP arrest has happened here in more than 6 years:
No arrests linked to the US/Canada border since May 31st, 2010.
Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring a new, $11.9 million, 50 agent facility.
“The Port Angeles Border Patrol Station was staffed with 42 agents as of 2013 with a coverage area that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties. The contingent had grown from four agents in 2006.”
“The new, $11.9 million Border Patrol station, which can hold 50 agents, was built in 2013.”
Port Angeles USBP station- grand opening:
“Jones asked a Peninsula Daily News reporter to interview only Border Patrol personnel selected by the agency and to confine interviews of selected personnel to topics concerning the station’s opening.”
No topics to be discussed unless pre-approved by the agency in question.
If you run a government operation- these are the reporters you want to see on interview day:
Question for newspeople:
What role do 1,200-horsepower Border Patrol Interceptor boats play in keeping heroin away from the Puget Sound area?
“Clallam County’s death rate from prescription opioid and heroin overdose was 29 per 100,000 in 2013, nearly twice the state’s overdose death rate of 14.8 per 100,000, health officials have said.”
Frequent updates here.
Why did the Blaine Sector Weekly US Border Patrol blotter go extinct?
Has the Port Angeles Border Patrol been able to intercept any inbound heroin?
When is the last time the Port Angeles Border Patrol made an arrest of any kind?
Any arrests connected to the US/Canada border?
Any arrests connected to a Homeland Security mission?
Are fraudulent overtime claims still the norm at Port Angeles?
Arrest statistics are secret:
US Border Patrol, Port Angeles, WA-
A US Border Patrol spokesperson tells the press:
“Border Patrol spokeswoman Jenny Burke said Monday that the agency will not release any information on the number of arrests made by agents who work out of the Port Angeles station, the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for and the disposition of their cases”
“Disclosure of the arrest statistics from the Port Angeles station would provide those interested in crossing our borders illegally with information that could aid their strategic targeting of potentially vulnerable areas along the border,” he said in an e-mail. “To maintain operational security these numbers will not be provided.”
“…the Border Patrol does not provide apprehension statistics and staffing levels for individual Border Patrol stations.”
Denied FOIA requests-
“The Border Patrol has refused repeated requests by the Peninsula Daily News — including those made under the Freedom of Information Act — for arrest totals for the Port Angeles station, which covers a territory that includes Clallam and Jefferson counties.”
Local USBP whistleblower investigation results in further suppression of information.
A proper investigation will reveal the truth- where is the report?
If Olympic Peninsula USBP operations are being downsized, why have local USBP personnel numbers been upsized?
If one thing could change to make this situation better, it would be for the US Border Patrol to develop a working relationship with the press.
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