(James Tonmscheck – The Hill)
During my 40-year career in law enforcement I served as a police officer, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent, and Assistant Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), heading the Office of Internal Affairs. In these positions, I was guided by one principle: law enforcement’s vital mission must be accomplished with integrity.
From those decades of experience, the cases that most disturb me are people who applied to work at CBP - the country’s largest law enforcement agency - and admitted in the screening process to committing serious criminal offenses, including drug smuggling, rape, and infanticide, or confessed to seeking employment as infiltrators paid by transnational criminal organizations or cartels.
We would not have caught hundreds of these applicants without a polygraph examination. Indeed, CBP maintains a lengthy roster of near-misses that summarizes hundreds of these egregious admissions by applicants. Even so, nearly 200 CBP agents and officers have been arrested for corruption since October 2004. Click here to read more.