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In the air, on land, and on water, employees of the U.S. Border Protection Agency in Louisiana are kept busy in their posts. CBP Officers, Air Interdiction Agents, Marine Interdiction Agents, Border Patrol Agents, and Contract and Mission Support Specialists see to it that no illegal aliens and smuggled goods can enter the United States. In 2011, the record of Louisiana Border Patrol stands at more than 1,500 illegal alien apprehensions; and about 214 pounds of marijuana and 20 pounds of cocaine confiscated.
There are six points of entry in Louisiana guarded by CBP agents. These are in Baton Rouge, Gramercy, Lake Charles, Morgan City, Shreveport- Bossier City, and the service port in New Orleans. At the Baton Rouge Station, agents patrol the central and northeastern sections of Louisiana. In Lake Charles, there is a channel that runs from it to the Gulf of Mexico. Thus, it is a deep water port that can be used as a border crossing into the U.S. and as such, is being watched closely by marine interdiction agents. At the New Orleans Station, CBP agents keep watch at the port to ensure that alien crew members from other ships do not try to transfer from one ship to another so they can enter the U.S.
If you want to become part of Louisiana Border Patrol, you will need to determine if you meet the basic requirements to qualify. Questions to answer when applying for Louisiana Border Patrol jobs: Are you a U.S. citizen? Have you taken up residency in the U.S. or its protectorates or its territories for the last three years? Do you have a valid Louisiana driver’s license? Are you less than 40 years old and given the lengthy application and hiring process, do you think you will be appointed as a Border Patrol Agent before your 40th birthday? If you answer yes to all these questions then you meet the basic requirements to become a Border Patrol Agent. Aside from these, you also need to have at least a bachelor’s degree if qualifying through education at the entry-level or a one-year experience showcasing your ability to stay composed and make rational decisions even under extreme stress and pressure. You can also combine both education and experience to qualify.
Louisiana Border Patrol announcements are posted in the USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) website. If you type in the keywords “border patrol agents” in the search box, you will see if there are vacancies in duty locations in Louisiana. If there are, you must first register for an account with USAJOBS so that you can apply through this online portal. Make sure that you read the entire announcement carefully so that you know what forms to fill out and include with your application.
You will need to pass the Pre-Test and the Border Patrol Entrance Examination after submitting your application so that your name can be included in the Border Patrol Agent inventory. This gives you a shot at being given a chance to be tentatively selected for a BPA position, although it’s not a guarantee that you will get that opportunity.
You need to show that you are worthy of being tentatively selected by passing the other requirements set forth by the CBP. These include a physical fitness test; background investigation; drug test; medical evaluation; and polygraph examination. Since you also need to carry firearms as a BPA, you should not have any felony convictions or conviction for the misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. These will render you unable to carry a firearm which is necessary in your position.
Once you have passed all the requirements and are given an offer of employment, you will need to undergo 58-day training at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico. You need to pass the second physical fitness test; the Spanish language program; and the other courses at the Academy if you want to become a full-fledged Louisiana Border Patrol Agent.
For questions about becoming an agent, you can talk to a recruiter in the New Orleans Sector of which the Louisiana is a part. The phone number of the recruiter is (504) 376-2830.