Border Patrol’s New “Run-and-Hide” Strategy

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When a band of knights encounter a murderous rabbit in the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, their immediate response is to hurriedly flee the carnage, screaming in unison, “Run away! Run away!”

Now in a case of life imitating comedic art, the Obama administration is instructing Border Patrol agents to “run away and hide” when confronted by an “active shooter,” an armed individual opening fire in public places.

The new “run-and-hide” directive for agents in US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the form of a mandatory computer training course on the proper protocol to be used when confronted by active shooters.

That appropriate conduct, outlined in an hour-long video entitled “IS-907- Active Shooter: What You Can Do,” consists of three specific options available to Border Patrol agents: Evacuate, Hide Out, and, if that fails, Take Action.

Unfortunately, the DHS definition of “taking action,” according to Border Patrol union officials, is to “act aggressively and throw things at the shooter,” a plan that could prove unworkable given that the DHS did not specify what thrown objects would prove adequate in stopping a hail of gunfire.

Nevertheless, if the gunman is not subdued by an avalanche of tossed shoes, belts, or badges, the DHS then advise the Border Patrol agents to “call law enforcement and wait for their arrival,” a somewhat puzzling directive given those Border Patrol agents are under the impression they themselves are armed law enforcement professionals.

After all, these Border Patrol agents spend 12 weeks training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in New Mexico, where they are instructed in such things as criminal law, immigration law, arrest techniques, self defense, and firearms.

Yet, despite being assigned upon graduation from FLETC a semi-automatic pistol, a fully automatic assault rifle or a shotgun to carry out their duties, the Obama administration apparently believes them insufficiently prepared to utilize those weapons and that training in taking down a crazed gunman firing on innocent civilians.

That downgraded assessment of their abilities comes despite Border Patrol agents — in addition to tracking groups of illegal aliens coming into the United States — being responsible for apprehending heavily armed Mexican drug cartel members operating along the US-Mexico border.

Not surprisingly, then, the DHS “run away” policy is not sitting well within the rank and file of the Border Patrol, including the country’s largest Border Patrol union with 3,300 members, Local 2544 in Tucson, Arizona.

In statements posted on their union website, union leaders have characterized the DHS guidelines as “downright insulting,” adding, “It’s nice to know if we should encounter such a situation, stop a shooter and save countless lives, we can look forward to being disciplined or fired by the Border Patrol because we should have run away to hide.”

As one former law enforcement investigator and current security consultant wondered, perhaps rhetorically, “Are the lunatics now running the asylum?”

Of course, the Obama administration’s diminished view of the role played by Border Patrol agents neatly dovetails with its overall disinterest in promoting the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s role in securing the nation’s borders.

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  • Spider

    The lunatics are now running the asylum, Holder, Nopolatano and Obama.

  • Willy Rho

    Brian Terry is dead because of the policy of shooting bean bags at the Drug Smuggling muerduers. If the bad guys are armed and in the USA illegally, keal them. Save out agents and eliminate 1 out of 40,000,000 illegal aliens. And another new policy, no human is illegal! That includes muerduerers and Drug smugglers. What fools Obozo and Eric the Branch Davidian Muerduerer. Ruby Ridge, Murry Bldg Bomber Ag Head. These people running our nation and Lunatics and Trait Tors. This is not an ad hominem attack.

  • tagalog

    I realize these Border Patrol guys probably qualify with the 9 mm. pistol and the 12-gauge once a year and otherwise never lay a finger on their firearms, but in addition to acting agressively and throwing things at thugs shooting at them with probably American firearms the Department of Justice allowed to be sold or otherwise released to them, I would suggest that they shoot back.

    Start getting and using some of those scores of millions of rounds the Department of Homeland Security recently contracted for. They're obtaining something like 400 MILLION .40 cal. rounds over the next four years. I know I could get pretty accurate if I had 400 MILLION rounds to practice with at the range.

    • Not again

      Throw something? How about a few hand grenades…

      • Ted G

        How about throwing Holder, Napolitano and Obama at them!

        I would suggest waiting until the shooting starts first.

    • R. Ruiz

      they are required to qualify 4 times a year with the HK 40 cal, the m-4 rifle in 5.56 NATO and with a 12 gauge shot gun. if they don't have at least a 70% proficiency they must qualify very soon after that or they loose the right to carry. I was a ramnge master for the BP for 13 years and taught at the academy.

      • mamma51666

        Thank you for your Service. OUr leaders may not appreciate your efforts, but I and my family do.

    • filo

      If you dont know what youre taking about, dont do it! We qualified every 2 or 3 months with all authorized weapons, m4, p2000, shotgun,ump 40. And by the way its not 9mm its .40cal. Why? Because when you are at home enjoying a nice sleep we are in the brush defending this country.

      • tagalog

        Or not.

  • texasmom

    This is insane and we are a country of American dopes to tolerate it.

  • Mamma51666

    So,do Obama's "guards" (The Sercret Service) have to follow the same rules as those that guard the American People???!!! I get the feeling that if he were the Captain of a sinking ship he would be the first one off. I agree with throwing grenades, I just think it should be the first option rather than waiting to see if running and hiding works. This country wasn't built by cowards, running away sure makes us look that way. Utmost respect to our Border Patrol. You have one of the toughest and scariest jobs around, and I am afraid for you all when it comes to your new directive. Good luck to you all and stay safe while keeping the rest of us safe and Thank you.

  • Hughram

    The same standard procedure that we Mobile patrols Bristol follow. It is based on non-direct retaliation in the case of a shooting. Take cover and inspect the situation before firing back.