Border Patrol Agent

Driver Training

The Driver Training program is designed to train Border Patrol Agent interns in the safe and efficient operation of motor vehicles. Emphasis is placed on principles and techniques relating to laws of motion, vehicle dynamics and driver response. Under close supervision and guidance, the interns will learn to recognize their personal limitations as well as limitations of the vehicle. The Border Patrol is charged with the prevention of illegal entries in the expanses between the Ports of Entry as well as the apprehension of illegal aliens anywhere within the U.S. The safe operation of patrol vehicles under a variety of extreme conditions is vital to the accomplishment of the Agency’s mission. The Driver Training Department is tasked with providing interns with the necessary skills to become effective border patrol agents.

The following three areas of instruction must be successfully completed in order to graduate from the Border Patrol Academy:

  • Van/Utility Vehicle Operation
  • Skid Control
  • Emergency Response

Once the intern has successfully completed the pass/fail portion of the program, he or she will be given further advanced instruction in the areas of:

  • Pursuit Driving
  • Vehicle Stops (low-risk and high-risk)
  • Night Driving
  • 4×4 Off Road Driving
  • SUV/Van Evasive Driving


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