Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SUM 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 14 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 | 13 the CBP officers and agriculture specialists in our Office of Field Operations; the U.S. Border Patrol; and our Air and Marine Operations – is well within my wheelhouse. I'm a former police officer and a former police chief, so I understand the many challenges facing our officers and agents, and my background has certainly informed the decisions I've made as Commissioner. One example is a renewed focus on integrity – which is essential if we want the public's trust. We formed an Integrity Advisory Panel (IAP), a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC). The IAP examined law enforcement best practices regarding increasing transparency within our agency, the identification and prevention of corruption, and officer and agent safety regarding use of force. Last summer, the IAP issued an Interim Report containing 14 recommendations – many of which CBP already has addressed. In March of this year, the IAP published its Final Report containing 39 additional recommendations that we are currently reviewing. During my tenure as Commissioner, CBP also released our first unified Integrity and Personal Accountability Strategy, which holds employees to the highest levels of professional and personal integrity and ethical standards at all times. Another example of how I have brought my law enforcement background to bear at CBP involves the issue of use of force. Before I arrived at CBP, the Border Patrol had a number of incidents in which agents used lethal force. And the agency did not openly address these incidents with the public. One of the first things I did as Commissioner was change this, to make our policies and processes more transparent to the people we serve. Based on an FBI best practice, CBP implemented a unified, formal review process for use of force incidents. We also issued a new use of force handbook for all personnel, and we're studying the feasibility of body worn cameras as well as a Spanish- language complaint center. We also are streamlining our standard operating procedures for the release of information in response to use of force incidents that result in death or serious bodily injury. Finally, I've made "transparency" a priority. Sometimes law enforcement agencies have to respond to difficult situations that grab the attention of the media and generate interest from all kinds of stakeholders. Transparency is critical in these situations. S&BP: How/where do you see the role of CBP evolving over the next 15 years? Mr. Kerlikowske: The threat environment is constantly evolving. Terrorists, transnational criminal organizations, smuggling networks – from the top leaders down to the foot soldiers – relentlessly test our detection, interception, and apprehension methods. That means we have to be as agile as possible – and agility is a word that's not always associated with government. International partnerships and collaboration are important. We continually refine our risk-assessment methods and targeting techniques, and we share our best practices with foreign counterparts. Technology also plays a key role. We continue to expand our Global Entry trusted traveler program, facilitating the f low of lawful travelers into the United States. Automated Passport Control kiosks and the Mobile Passport Control app are also game-changers – letting our officers focus less on administrative tasks and more on the security screening aspects of the inspection process. On the cargo side, our Automated Commercial Environment provides a single portal for importers and exporters to interact with CBP and other federal agencies. Our Centers of Excellence and Expertise set standards for safer and faster cargo processing through ports-of-entry, saving importers time and money. Technology is also changing the way we secure our land Get Troop ack Carton = 15 doses. NSN #6505-01-611-2071 Great for Hospital and Battalion Aid Station Settings. Call 800-401-4002 or visit Zanfel is a product of Zanfel Laboratories, Inc. ©2016 All rights reserved. U.S. Patent No. 6,423,746, No. 7,008,963. Additional patents pending. Zanfel and the Zanfel logo are copyrighted and trademarks of Zanfel Laboratories, Inc., Clive, Iowa. Zanfel ¨ – a safer, faster and more effective option than steroids or antihistamines for relieving poison ivy, oak or sumac. Packet = Single dose. Great for IFAK kitting. NEW ITEM! Leadership Perspective

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