HSI Special Agents and ERO Officers and Agents are issued the SIG Sauer P229R pistol, with an agency-modified DAK (Double Action Kellerman) trigger, chambered in the .40 S&W cartridge, as their primary sidearm.

Secondary weapons are on a list of authorized weapons published by the agency to its agents and officers.

Paul, San Juan, Detroit, San Francisco, El Paso, Chicago, San Diego and Washington, D. There is also a team of instructors and coordinators stationed full-time in Columbus, Georgia.

OPR is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving employees of ICE and U. The Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) was aligned into ICE shortly after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

On October 16, 2005, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff officially approved the transfer of the Federal Air Marshal Service from the Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as part of a broader departmental reorganization to align functions consistent with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "Second Stage Review" findings for: As part of this realignment, the Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service also became the Assistant Administrator for the TSA Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), which houses nearly all TSA law enforcement services.

Out of approximately 6,500 special agents, there are currently only approximately 250 certified SRT members nationwide. Special Operations Command has led to SOCOM providing the SRTs with excess Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), firearms, and other gear designed for the U. ERO uses its Deportation Officers (DOs) to identify, arrest, and remove aliens who violate U. DOs are also responsible for the transportation and detention of aliens in ICE custody to include the removal aliens to their country of origin.

HSI SRTs often conduct training exercises with various federal, state and local teams, and also assist other teams during national events or large-scale operations that require multiple high-risk scenarios to be conducted simultaneously. Deportation Officers also prosecute aliens for illegal re-entry after deportation, monitor cases during deportation proceedings, supervise released aliens who are subject to deportation, and remove aliens from the United States.

The working relationship between the SRTs and the U. Deportation Officers operate strategically placed Fugitive Operations Teams whose function is to locate, apprehend, and remove aliens who have absconded from immigration proceedings and remain in the United States with an outstanding Warrant of Deportation.

ERO is also responsible for management of the Secure Communities program which identifies removable and criminal aliens located in jails and prisons.IO also facilitates domestic HSI investigations by providing intelligence from host countries, conducting collateral investigations, and facilitating international investigations conducted by field offices within the United States. Customs Service as the Warrant Entry and Tactical Team (WETT), and subsequently evolved into SRTs that handle HSI's high-risk arrest and search warrants, barricaded subjects, rural area operations, VIP protection, sniper coverage for high-risk operations, and security for National Security Events.Seventeen HSI field offices maintain a Special Response Team (SRT) that operates similarly to a federal SWAT element for the office's area of responsibility (AOR). HSI's active SRTs are located in Tampa, Miami, Arizona (Phoenix), New Orleans, Houston, New York, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, St.SRT is a collateral duty open to HSI agents assigned to an office with a certified team.To qualify, candidates must pass a physical fitness test, qualify with multiple firearms by shooting 90% or better in full tactical gear, and pass an oral interview process.Collectively, these intelligence professionals collect, analyze, and disseminate intelligence for use by the operational elements of DHS.