U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector Names El Centro Native as New Deputy Chief Patrol Agent

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 DCPA Roy Villareal is now second-in-command of the San Diego Sector — one of 20 sectors in the U.S.

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sector, announced Tuesday that Roy Villareal has been selected to serve as its new deputy chief patrol agent, or DCPA.

Effective Monday, Sept. 19, Villareal became second-in-command of the San Diego Sector, which is headquartered in Chula Vista and is one of 20 sectors in the United States. The position includes oversight responsibilities of securing 60 miles of southern land border and the entire California coastal region.

Villareal also provides oversight for personnel ranks of more than 2,400 Border Patrol agents and 200 support personnel at stations throughout San Diego County and southern Orange and Riverside counties, including: Brown Field, Boulevard, Campo, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, San Clemente and Murrieta.

Villareal replaces Rodney Scott, who was promoted in February to the position of chief patrol agent for the El Centro Sector.
Villareal, a native of El Centro, began his career with the Border Patrol in September 1988 and was assigned to the San Clemente Border Patrol Station. Throughout his 28-year career, he has served key leadership positions at Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington DC, the Yuma Sector and the El Centro Sector, where he was most recently assigned as the DCPA prior to his current assignment with the San Diego Sector.

Some of his major accomplishments, according to a news release, have included serving as the coordinator for the Border Safety Initiative, co-authoring the Border Patrol Evidence Policy and holding a critical role in the development of the 2004 U.S./Mexico Action Plan for Cooperation and Border Safety. Additionally, DCPA Villareal helped establish the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Team and served as the elite unit’s first commander.

“Roy Villareal brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to San Diego,” said Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow. “He will provide the leadership needed to advance our sector’s border security mission.”