january 20, 2016

New Tucson Sector Chief takes command

TUCSON– Paul A. Beeson, newly appointed Chief Patrol Agent of Tucson Sector, takes command, looks to lead Tucson Sector into the future.

When Chief Patrol Agent Beeson took the oath in February of 1985, so began a career based on honor and service to country. With more than 30 years of experience, Chief Beeson has dedicated over half of his life to ensuring a secure, safe and protected border.

Chief Beeson is a familiar face among Arizona law enforcement professionals, having served as the Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector from July 2007 until November 2010. He then served as the Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego Sector until December 2014, when he returned to Arizona as Commander of the Joint Task Force West – Arizona Corridor (JTF-W, AZ), which is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

Chief Beeson will serve as both the Commander of the task force and as Chief Patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector.

Chief Beeson is fully aware of the challenges in maintaining the rule of law along the Arizona-Mexico border. He gives credit not only to the hard working men and women of the U.S Border Patrol, but also the multitude of other Federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and public service agencies working together to prevent cross-border criminal activity.

“Arizona presents a unique challenge. Countering the illicit activities of entrenched trafficking organizations requires an innovative, multi-faceted and collaborative approach. As long as this element exists, we will continue to evolve in order to efficiently and effectively disrupt and degrade their ability to operate,” said Chief Beeson.

Since joining the U. S. Border Patrol in 1985, Chief Beeson has served in a variety of leadership positions. His experience includes time as an Assistant Chief Patrol Agent at the Border Patrol Academy, Deputy Assistant Regional Director at the Central Regional Office of Border Patrol, principal liaison to the Border and Transportation Security Directorate, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent and then Deputy Chief Patrol Agent for El Paso Sector and Chief Patrol Agent for the Yuma and San Diego Sectors. Chief Beeson holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies from Dallas Baptist University and completed the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Yuma Sector welcomes new deputy chief patrol agent

YUMA – Carl E. Landrum, a veteran of 19 years in the U.S. Border Patrol, was recently promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of Yuma Sector. DCPA Landrum entered on duty in October 1996 as a member of the 323rd session of the Border Patrol Academy. His first duty assignment was at San Diego Sector’s Brown Field Station, followed by a promotion to supervisory Border Patrol agent at Imperial Beach Station.

During the next several years, Agent Landrum served as a special agent with the Federal Air Marshal Service, supervisory Border Patrol agent and course development instructor at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico, as well as assistant chief at the Office of Border Patrol in Washington, D.C.

From June 2011 through September 2014, he served as patrol agent in charge of Laredo (Texas) Sector’s Cotulla and Laredo North Stations.

Agent Landrum comes to Yuma from Laredo Sector. Serving there since September 2014, he was the division chief and chief of staff for Joint Task Force-West, a Department of Homeland Security effort that allows 18 organizations, including Department of Defense commands, and other DHS partners, to work together.

Yuma Sector’s new deputy chief is a native of Victoria, Texas, and attended Baylor University. He later earned a bachelor of science in information systems from the University of Phoenix, and a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He was the first civilian officer to attend the U.S. Army War College –Advanced Strategic Arts Program, graduating with honors.