Last month, the FBI El Paso Field Office held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of its Alpine Resident Agency building. The event was attended by numerous law enforcement partners and federal, state, county, and city officials.
The FBI has had a presence in West Texas for many years, with Special Agents stationed in the Midland Resident Agency previously traveling to Alpine to investigate criminal and national security matters in Jeff Davis, Pecos, Presidio, and Brewster counties.
However, in 2014, the FBI assigned its first full-time agent to Alpine, who still had to travel from Midland. In 2017, the United States Border Patrol provided workspace for the FBI to use, and in June of the same year, the FBI secured funding to staff an additional agent in the Alpine office, making it a two-person Resident Agency.
According to Jeffery R. Downey, special agent in charge of the FBI El Paso Field Office, the FBI’s presence in Alpine demonstrates their commitment to assisting in investigations, stopping those who threaten national security, and seeking justice for those victimized by criminal predators.