Border Patrol National Recruitment Event to be Held in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/2/08

Border Patrol National Recruitment Event to be Held in Lubbock

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The United States Border Patrol will hold a national recruiting and hiring event in Lubbock for individuals interested in pursuing a career in border law enforcement. The event will be held on Friday, January 11th, 2008, at the Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is stepping up its recruiting efforts to hire 6,000 additional Border Patrol agents by the end of 2008. This national hiring event is in direct response to President Bush's May 2006 announcement to enhance border security by increasing the size of the Border Patrol. CBP continues to expand its recruiting and hiring efforts with an energized advertising campaign designed to identify candidates wanting to work in law enforcement protecting our nation's borders.

Recruiters will be available to discuss opportunities and qualifications for the Border Patrol Agent position.  Staff will also discuss test taking skills, administer a 30 minute pre-test, and evaluate individual results for interested applicants. 

The Border Patrol is looking for candidates who can successfully undergo a rigorous screening process, which includes a written examination, structured interview, language aptitude or Spanish language proficiency test, medical examination and drug test, a physical fitness test, as well as a background investigation.

Candidates hired for the position must complete the Border Patrol basic training academy in Artesia, New Mexico as part of a two-year internship program. Initial salaries are very competitive and agents have the promotional potential to earn more than $70,000 after three years of service. Generous benefits and pay include federal health insurance, life insurance, retirement benefits, and up to an additional 25% in overtime pay.

Initial assignments will be in the southwest border states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. 

To learn more about the Border Patrol Agent position, (click here).

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