A new class of Border Patrol agents will soon start protecting the Tucson Sector.
44 new agents will join the agency, which has been pushing for more staffing as the border debate continues and concerns over U.S. Security continues. Recruiters have been generating interest at major sporting events and music festivals.
After they graduate from the Border Patrol academy in New Mexico, the new agents will be assigned to Douglas, Ajo and Willcox stations. The new hires have to complete 66 days of basic training and 40 days of Spanish-language training to prepare them for their new role.
The Tucson Sector comprises most of the state, and included approximately 3,800 agents last year. This is nearly double the number of agents in this sector at the turn of the century, when the agency began to expand dramatically and increase staff.
Learn more about the Border Patrol on their official website.