The Bus No One Wants To Catch
The end of the road for illegal immigrants
The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, the United States’ largest uniformed federal law enforcement organisation, are responsible for detecting and detaining people trying to illegally enter the US.
Once detained, the CBP then process each individual and, where necessary, they are transported to detention facilities.
In 2006 the transportation services carried out by the CBP were withdrawn. To have used its own federal agents for these services would have removed “badged” agents from the front line, and the CBP therefore decided to outsource this vital service.
The transportation contract was awarded to G4S Wackenhut, the leading provider of security solutions to the US government, and a strong and successful partnership between federal agency and private contractor was formed.
Strict requirements from the government meant that all G4S Custom Protection Officers (CPO) had to have criminal justice degrees or background or experience in law enforcement or military units.
Today, along the US Mexico border over 600 G4S Custom Protection Officers operate over 100 vehicles used to transport the huge number of people who have been captured illegally trying to cross the border into the US.
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