Yuma Sector Border Patrol Chief sworn in

YUMA, Ariz. – Anthony Porvaznik, a man with 26 years experience in law enforcement, assumed formal command of Yuma Sector Border Patrol Tuesday morning.

“I’m looking forward to my time here at the Yuma Sector. It’s a great opportunity,” Porvaznik said.

He said an oath of office at a change of command ceremony, a formal affair deeply rooted in military tradition. The Chief of U.S. Border Patrol Michael Fisher pinned on Porvaznik’s new badge. Fisher said he has known Porvaznik for many years and trusts him in this leadership position.

“He now needs to go on and lead the men and women and make sure that this part of the country is protected from those who quite frankly wake up each and every day and think about nothing else but do harm to this country,” Fisher said.

Porvaznik was most recently the director of Border Patrol Special Operations Group in El Paso, Texas. Now, he hopes to use that experience to improve security throughout the 130 miles of border the Yuma Sector is responsible for.

“One of the things that we’re looking to do is really enhance our intelligence capabilities and special operations capabilities, so moving forward with a new intelligence enterprise is one of our big priorities here,” the Yuma Sector Chief said.

Another top priority of his is continue to build partnerships throughout the community.

“We have a very close relationship with our federal, state, local and tribal partners, but I think we can always do more, so continue that and engage our military partners a little bit more,” Porvaznik said.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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