Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will investigate its workforce for signs of corruption, with help from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).
CBP will send internal affairs investigators to participate in OIG field office corruption probes, according to a cooperative working agreement signed by both agencies. The probes will focus on corruption among CBP agents working at borders.
“Border corruption may take the form of cash bribes, sexual favors, and other gratuities in return for allowing contraband or undocumented aliens through primary inspection lanes or even protecting and escorting border crossings,” according to the OIG. Payback might also include leaking sensitive law enforcement information to someone under investigation, selling law enforcement intelligence to smugglers and forging documents, such as immigration papers.