WASHINGTON - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced 2,000 more officers to further enhance security and improve service levels at ports across the country.
A press release says these changes are part of the Reimbursable Services and Donations Acceptance authority which allows the CBP to enter into partnerships with the private sector and government entities. The program also allows the department to receive certain donations that will help with requests for services over a 5 year period.
“Research has shown that for every 33 additional CBP officers the U.S. can potentially gain over 1,000 jobs. These measures are a significant down payment and a wise investment in our airports, seaports and land border crossings that will pay dividends for the nation’s economy,” said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and our stakeholders to implement additional investments that will allow us to support growing volumes of trade and travel that are vital to our economic prosperity.”
Forty-four ports in 18 states will receive additional staffing, which according to the CBP, will help reduce wait times and help speed the flow of lawful goods and people into the U.S.
Applications for partnerships will be accepted starting April 1 to April 30.
Visit the CBP's Reimbursable Services program for additional information.
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