Minnesota State Patrol officers stationed in International Falls are now operating out of the U.S. Border Patrol’s new facility in that community. The new border facility includes space for four State Patrol officers, including two K-9 handlers.
Officials say this is the first time in U.S. history that Border Patrol agents and State Patrol officers work out of the same facility. The collaboration will allow the two agencies to share resources and law enforcement intelligence.
The building provides Border Patrol agents and State Patrol officers with indoor parking for their patrol vehicles, office space, dog kennels and a workout area.
The new, 33,000-square-foot facility, located along the Rainy River, opened in July. It’s capable of housing up to 50 Border Patrol agents.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will host a ceremonial grand opening of the facility on Monday, Nov. 8.