Agency Spotlight–Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Mar 1, 2017


This month our agency spotlight is on the CBP. Posts throughout the month will focus on their history, their agency in the news, how CBP workers can become injured, and more.


With more than 60,000 employees, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the world. They are located within the Department of Homeland Security and charged with the task of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the United States while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. The CBP is made up of personnel who were former U.S. Customs, U.S. Immigrations, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and U.S. Border Patrol, workers. Therefore, for the first time in history, a single agency is responsible for securing our borders.

During a typical day, they welcome close to one million visitors, screen more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrest more than 1,100 individuals, and seize nearly six tons of illicit drugs. Annually, the CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing the U.S trade law.

Mission Statement—Why They Exist

To safeguard America’s borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate travel and trade.

Vision—What They Aspire to be

To serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.

Ethos—Their Shared Identity, Beliefs, and Aspirations

“We are the guardians of our Nation’s borders.

We are America’s frontline.

We safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our borders.

We protect the American people against terrorists and the instruments of terror.

We steadfastly enforce the laws of the U.S. while fostering out Nations’ economic security

through lawful international trade and travel.

We serve the American people with vigilance, integrity, and professionalism.”

Core Values

Vigilance—This is how they ensure the safety of all Americans. They are continuously watchful and alert to detect, deter, and prevent threats to our nation. They demonstrate courage and valor in the protection to our nation.

Service to Country—The CBP is dedicated to defending and upholding the Constitution of the U.S. “The American people have entrusted us to protect the homeland and defend liberty.”

Integrity—This is their cornerstone. Guided by the highest ethical and moral principles, they strive for their actions to bring honor to the agency.

Stay tuned for more information about the CBP this month. Next up: The History of the CBP.

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