The agency reported a drop in uses of force by about 26%, though figures show agents in more remote and least busy areas used their guns more often.
By Adolfo Flores
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a drop in uses of force by about 26% last year, even as some agents in more remote sections of the Southwest border reported an increase in incidents.
Border patrol agents reported 756 uses of force in fiscal year 2015, a drop from 1037 the year before. The agency said the 26% drop in use of force is significant considering that assaults against agents remain steady. Assaults in fiscal year 2014 were 373 and 390 the following year.
The CPB published its use of force numbers for the first time last year, but this is the first time the agency released a breakdown by sector.