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Head of Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to Take Helm at Rio Grande Valley Sector

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in southern Arizona is losing its leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. is taking the helm at the agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

The Nogales native will make the shift later this month.

Under Padilla’s watch, the Tucson Sector has seen a “marked decrease” in human smuggling, border violence and other illegal activities, according to CBP.

Padilla “always felt a sense of community and made it his purpose in life to reduce cross-border criminal activity while improving the quality of life for Arizona’s residents,” a news release said.

Padilla’s career with Border Patrol began in 1986 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Sector in Texas.

Border Patrol Veteran of 29 Years Takes Over Office in Maine

Daniel Hiebert/CBT

Daniel Hiebert/CBT

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol in Maine has a new chief.

Daniel Hiebert, a 29-year veteran of Border Patrol, will head up the Houlton Sector, which covers the state of Maine, Bangor Daily News reports. 

Hiebert began his Border Patrol career in 1986 in Texas.

“This is the culmination of a long career. I still have quite a ways to go,” said Hiebert after taking his oath of office at the Army National Guard Regional Training Institute in Bangor. “I’m looking forward to getting involved with the state of Maine and Houlton Sector and doing what we can do to make sure the people of Maine feel safe knowing that their borders are protected.”

Hiebert is replacing acting Chief Patrol Agent Alfredo Casillas, who will return to his position of deputy chief patrol agent.

Homeland Security Remains without a Leader As Authorities Struggle to Find Nominee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

With Janet Napolitano out, Homeland Security is without a nomination for a new chief.

Maybe that’s because it’s a thankless job that can spoil a reputation, the Washington Post reports.

“It’s a high-risk job,” one observer told the Post. “If something happens on your watch, you’re done.”

 

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Do the Troops Trust Ex-FBI Agent Jody Weis — Chicago’s Police Chief?

Chief Johy Weis/police photo

Chief Jody Weis/police photo

It’s not easy being an outsider in a police department with a rich tradition of people rising through the ranks. It also doesn’t help to have come from the FBI. Have the troops accepted ex-FBI agent Jody Weis as Chicago’s Police chief?  He says yes, but tells the Chicago News Cooperative:”There will be a certain percentage who will never embrace me because of where I came from.”

By JAMES O’SHEA
Chicago News Cooperative

CHICAGO –The next few months of warmer weather will be crucial for Jody Weis, whose job running the police department is as close as it gets to “Mission Impossible” in Chicago.

Ever since he took over the department in early 2008, Superintendent Weis’s assignment has been to calm police officers who are angry at many things, including working without a contract since 2007 and a federal misconduct prosecution that put a Chicago policeman in prison with a 40-month term.

Morale problems facing the chief will not be helped by a federal arbitrator’s recommendation Friday that the police get a 10 percent raise over five years, far less than the 16 percent Mayor Richard M. Daley offered during contract talks in 2008.

In an interview in early April, Mr. Weis acknowledged that he had a rocky start as the second outsider ever to run the Chicago force. But he said that his relations with officers suspicious of his background as a former F.B.I. agent had reached a “turning point” and that he had presided over a reduction in crime.

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