Last week, the CATO Institute released a new research paper highlighting the high rate of discipline and misconduct terminations for Border Patrol agents. It focused on 2006 to 2016 termination rates across all federal law enforcement agencies, and found that the termination rate of Border Patrol agents was 2.2 times greater than the rate for all other federal law enforcement officers.
The CATO Institute also found that only about a third of Customs and Border Protection employees were Border Patrol agents, yet they accounted for almost half of the disciplinary terminations. Their report finds that the agency’s lack of accountability fosters an environment of corruption. Their paper also offers some possible solutions to create more accountability and transparency, including mandatory body worn cameras on all agents, more public oversight in investigations, and more scrutiny with hiring processes.
You can read the full report entitled “Border Patrol Termination Rates: Discipline and Performance Problems Signal Need for Reform”.