CBP has advised NTEU that it will be deploying Concealed Human Narcotic Detection Dog teams to the southwest border in FY 2018 to increase narcotic interdiction efforts. OFO will use the Article 38 temporary assignment procedures to detail approximately 26 such teams per quarter from the airports, seaports, and the northern border. All 104 teams that are not assigned to the southwest border will serve no more than a 60-day detail.
Officers will be assigned to work at a port in one of the four SW Border Field Offices. Approximately 26 teams will be assigned per quarter. Officers will be informed of their Field Offices’ TDY quotas for each FY ’18 quarter and the dates of all of the fiscal year assignments. Officers will be permitted to bid on their requested assignment with selections determined by seniority.
Canine teams will be afforded up to five days to drive to-and-from their assigned detail port based on the driving distance to the port. The time to travel will be included in the 60-day period. Overtime may be required as part of this initiative. In recognition of the winter holidays, CBP has scheduled the TDY for the first quarter to run from October 1, 2017 to November 17, 2017.