CBP to add hundreds of officers in South Texas

CBP to add hundreds of officers in South Texas
News Center 23
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 4:39pm

Customs and Border Protection is looking to hire 2,000 more officers to provide extra security for citizens all across the country, including the Rio Grande Valley.

"The job we do is very important for the country, for the safety of our communities, our local communities that we live and work in," said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Eddie Perez. "So it's important that we hire these new people, put them through the process to become officers, all the training that's involved, for a better and safer country."

Eight checkpoints in South Texas will gain hundreds of new CBP officers.

"As far as CBP operations here at the bridges and border crosses, the bridges, we're gonna cover a total of 300 officers to fill the Laredo field office which covers del Rio down to Brownsville," said Perez.

The addition of new CBP officers will expedite the processing of goods and merchandise coming into the US.

"There was a study done a while back for the workforce that we need to be able to do our job a little faster, and uh, what we came up with was that we needed a certain number of officers," said Perez.

...which means you can also work for CBP in a nearby location.

"The opening was yesterday May 1st, and now people can apply and go through the process of becoming an officer," said Perez.

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