New BP Chief is appointed
A recent Texas Tribune article documented several key Border Patrol leaders having improper relationships, possibly misusing government funds, and engaging in assault. But the article only scratched the surface. Local 2544 has complained for years about miscreant BP managers who get away with wrist slaps or nothing for misconduct typically resulting in suspensions or worse for line agents. Some of these managers are then subsequently promoted. These double standards have existed for years and continue to this day.
How can such hypocrisy exist in a self-proclaimed “professional” law enforcement organization? The answer is that the Border Patrol promotes mediocrity! The Agency no longer looks for field managers who have true leadership qualities or managers who look out for their subordinates. It prefers managers who have proven themselves in administrative positions or as project managers. Long past are the days of “go-getters” getting promoted. Today it is about test scores and resumes. Working on a specialty unit in administrative or field operations is given far greater weight than field experience working side by side with agents. We will concede there are some great second and third-line managers and a few more among the command staff but they are few and far between. The Border Patrol, since Chief Aguilar, has been more concerned with who has the best image, who fits our team, who will take orders and not question the reasoning, and for that you need the proverbial “house mouse.” The “house mouse” is a manager who loathes working the field and will do anything to stay in the office and and be a “yes-man.” The house mouse will spend countless hours promoting their petty projects to show their relevance to their bosses. They agree to anything and everything, as long as one of their superiors suggested it and it keeps them out of the field. And that’s who gets promoted. The house mouse manager is also the one who targets hard working Agents for any wrong doing. By doing this, it demonstrates their ability to conform with upper-Mangement. We have even heard of these managers bragging about how many Agents they have written up, for the smallest infraction. The house mouse has forgotten what it is like to work a 12-hour shift. They are frustrated when agents scratch or dents a government vehicle because they were actually working in rugged terrain. They have no understanding of what it is like to walk for hours and lose a baton or a GPS. The daily grind of working in harsh conditions is foreign to the house mouse manager. In-turn, they inflate the egos of their superiors, who then believe everything they do or say is great. The manager is now surrounded by drones, who do and say anything the manager wants. This would include illicit behavior.
One only has to look at the amount of Operations Officers who reside at Sector Headquarters or in DC and participate in kingdom building. They have lost touch with real Agents and their values. They surround themselves with house mouse managers, who support them at all cost. They begin to believe they are untouchable. They believe they can do no wrong. And when they are caught, they are shocked that they have to play by the rules. Why should they? Every house mouse under them has continually whispered in their ear how great they were and how everything they have done is good to go. Tucson Sector has been filled with these managers for years.
The appointment of Mark Morgan as Chief of the Border Patrol marks a new era in the Patrol’s history. It remains to be seen if Mr. Morgan will begin looking at his own managers to clean house or whether he will allow hard-working agents trying to do their job to continue being the targets of the house mouse manager.
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