Brown Field Border Patrol Station

The Brown Field Border Patrol Station was established on October 7, 1979.  It is located in the City of San Diego, approximately midway between the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Ports of Entry and about 220 yards north of the international border. The total Brown Field area of operation covers 11.6 linear miles of the international border with Mexico and encompasses approximately 581 square miles of mountainous, mesa and valley terrain, beginning at Colonel’s Peak Ridgeline on Otay Mountain and extending east to the Tecate Port of Entry and north as far as the City of Poway.  Brown Field Station has two unique characteristics: (1) the station is located outside of its area of operation and (2) a significant portion of its area of responsibility (AOR) is a federally designated wilderness habitat.

Most of the illegal entries in the Brown Field Station AOR are attempted on foot through remote, rugged terrain.  In these areas, access to the immediate border is complicated by the lack of established roads and limited tactical infrastructure.  Detection efforts are, in large part, an agent intensive endeavor due to these circumstances.  In addition, weather conditions periodically hamper operations, which results in the re-deployment of resources from ideal operational postures.  To counteract this, Brown Field Station uses thermal and infrared vision devices, unattended ground sensors, biometric information systems, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, and a variety of law enforcement databases as force-multipliers and intelligence gathering tools.  Brown Field Station also utilizes a variety of specialty teams, to include the ATV Unit, Strategic Patrol Team, Intelligence Unit and Road Crew units.  All of These resources, working together towards a common goal, allow the station to gain, maintain, and expand operational control within the AOR.

Brown Field Station employs a deployment strategy that is risk-based and intelligence-driven.  To facilitate this, Brown Field Station also works closely with Sector assets such as the Smuggling Interdiction Group, International Liaison Unit, Border Intelligence Center, CBP Air and Marine, and the Special Operations Group (SOG) to plan and conduct intelligence-driven operations in areas of particular concern.  All Brown Field Station operations focus on increasing and improving our ability to detect, identify, classify, respond to, and ultimately resolve, all illegal entries within the AOR.

Border Patrol Check Point

State Route 94 Border Patrol Checkpoint

The Brown Field Border Patrol Station maintains the State Route 94 Checkpoint, a single-lane, permanent traffic checkpoint on State Route 94 north of the community of Dulzura. Established in the spring of 1996, the State Route 94 Checkpoint was run by El Cajon Station and then Chula Vista Station prior to Brown Field Station’s assumption of control on April 9, 2000.

SR 94 CheckpointBarring inclement weather, the checkpoint operates 24/7 and monitors large volumes of traffic originating primarily from the Tecate Port of Entry.  Its strategic location allows it to effectively apprehend and deter smugglers of humans, drugs and other contraband on State Route 94.  Antiterrorism duties are enhanced by the use of Personal Radiation Detectors (PRDs) and Radiation Isotope Identifier Devices (RIIDs) to detect and identify the presence of radioactive material commonly used to manufacture weapons of mass effect.

Agents’ duties extend far beyond the checkpoint.  Due to the remoteness of the area of operation, the checkpoint’s Emergency Medical Technicians play a critical role by often being the first responders to most of the medical emergencies that occur between Chula Vista and Tecate.

To Report Suspicious Activity to Border Patrol:

(619) 498-9900 (main dispatch center)

To Report a Complaint or Question Re: Border Patrol:

(619) 671-1800 and as for the Inside Supervisor

To Report Complaints, Questions or Request Border Patrol to Attend Local Events, Presentations etc:

(619) 671-1854