The head of internal affairs for
James F. Tomscheck, who has held the post since 2006, is a 30-year veteran of federal law-enforcement agencies. He was given a temporary assignment in another job in Customs and Border Protection, which is the parent agency of the Border Patrol.
Senior officials at the
"There will be a complete examination of internal affairs," the official said.
As head of internal affairs, Tomscheck increased staff and created 20 new field offices. But senior officials said he directed agents away from investigating individual cases of alleged wrongdoing toward assisting other agencies, including the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Homeland Security inspector general.
Tomscheck did not immediately return requests for comment.
Records released last month showed that only 13 out of 809 abuse complaints sent to Customs and Border Protection's office of internal affairs between January 2009 and January 2012 led to disciplinary action.
A study conducted last year by the Police Executive Research Forum, a group of law enforcement experts, criticized Customs and Border Protection for a "lack of diligence" in investigating deadly force incidents. That study was leaked to the Los Angeles Times in February, after agency officials prevented lawmakers from seeing its conclusions.