2.59 Increase in suicides among Border Patrol agents causes alarm
After nearly four years without a single suicide in its ranks, the Border Patrol has had at least 15 agents take their own lives since February 2008. It’s unclear why the agents killed themselves. Few of them left notes. And the agency seems somewhat at odds with itself over the issue.
“It’s a microcosm of life,” said Christine Gaugler, head of human resources for Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees the Border Patrol. “There’s no uptick. It has nothing to do with our hiring. We are just responding to the suicides that have occurred.”
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