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Border Patrol picks new chief for Tucson Sector

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Border Patrol picks new chief for Tucson Sector

The Border Patrol has named a new head for the Tucson Sector, Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow, the agency said Monday.

Barlow replaces the former sector chief, Randy Hill, who retired in September.

"I am extraordinarily proud to lead and serve with the men and women of the Tucson Sector," Barlow said in a press release.

"Together, we made substantial progress in securing the Arizona/Mexico border last year. This year, we will go further in setting conditions to where the Tucson Sector is no longer the preferred corridor for illicit activity along the Southwest border."

Barlow has served with the Border Patrol for 26 years, including a year as the deputy sector chief, the agency said:

Chief Barlow began his career at the Imperial Beach Station in the San Diego Sector. He joined the San Diego Sector Regional Emergency and Crisis Team (REACT) in 1987 and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) in 1992. Some of his accomplishments include serving as a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent in the Physical Techniques Department of the Border Patrol Academy; Deputy Commander of the San Diego Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) and recently as Deputy Chief of the Tucson Sector where he was successful in implementing intelligence-driven operations and targeted-enforcement concepts.

Over 4,000 Border Patrol agents watch over the 262 miles of international border in the Tucson Sector.

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