Milestone changes to Border Patrol training requirements

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - U.S. Border Patrol officials are officially announcing and detailing new changes in the requirements for agents going through the Border Patrol Training Academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

Now new agents will have to go through a 117 day training cycle at the academy, almost twice the amount of the long time 66 day training process.

The former length was partly to get agents in and out of training quickly to get them working out in the field.

Training supervisor Lloyd Sams says the 117 day method will make agents safer by learning important techniques under the protection of the Academy instead of learning them actively in the real world with actual risks.

Sams says it wont only be a longer training period but the material they go over will be much more substantial.

"[They will be able to realize and understand] the material themselves instead of having somebody standup in front of them and just do death by power point," Sams explained.

He does not expect any major issues as a result of changing the curriculum even though more time at the academy means it will take agents slightly longer before working out in the field.

This comes at a time the Trump administration is calling for about 5,000 new Border Patrol agents across the country.

For Everette Montgomery, who has lived in El Paso for 6 years, he says when dealing with border security quality is more important than quantity.

"You never know what's coming in the future anything that better prepares folks for those things that may be coming it's ultimately a benefit to me," Montgomery said.


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