U.S. Border Patrol leadership has selected Roy Villareal as the new Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent.
Today, Chief Villareal began leading more than 3,900 agents and mission support staff in one of the busiest Border Patrol sectors in the nation. Chief Villareal is responsible for securing 262 linear miles of Arizona’s border with Mexico and all operational and administrative aspects of the Tucson Sector.
Throughout his more than 30-year accomplished career, Chief Villareal has co-authored the Border Patrol’s Evidence Policy, served as the Border Safety Initiative coordinator in Washington D.C. and was instrumental in the establishment of Border Patrol’s Search, Trauma, and Rescue Team BORSTAR, serving as its first commander.
Prior to his selection, Chief Villareal served multiple leadership positions to include Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the San Diego and El Centro Sectors. He has also served as an Assistant Chief Patrol Agent and Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent for the Yuma Sector.
Chief Villareal earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of San Diego, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University (CSU), San Marcos and an Associate of Arts degree with a Pre-Law emphasis. In 2009 he graduated from the Command Leadership Academy. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University.
“I look forward to working with the men and women of the Tucson Sector and I am confident we will continue to make strides in border security here in Arizona,” said Chief Villareal. “We will face what challenges may come together with our federal, state, local and tribal partners, to build safer border communities and a more secure nation.”