Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signed a $ 13 million contract with Axon Enterprises Inc. to equip 3,800 U.S. Border Patrol agents with body cameras and connection to a surveillance platform. cloud-based digital evidence.
This incident-based video recording system (IDVRS) will improve transparency and accountability to the public, while also providing additional documentation during compliance incidents, according to CBP.
Beginning next spring, IDVRS will phase IDVRS into the following sectors: San Diego, Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, Big Bend, Del Rio, Rio Grande Valley, and the Swanton sector on the northern border.
As part of CBP’s strategic approach, this effort will enhance transparency and accountability while strengthening the safety of officers in the field.
Policies governing the use of IDVRS are in their early stages, and specific details on the implementation of the system will be released in spring 2021.
In terms of trade, U.S. Customs officials promoted economic security by processing 35.5 million entries valued at more than $ 2.7 trillion during fiscal 2019.
Customs also collected nearly $ 72 billion in tariffs, an increase of almost 73% over fiscal 2018.
This is a staggering increase in tariffs charged by customs, directly linked to the Administration’s trade remedy actions under Sections 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 .