Matthew J. Grupe is the Patrol Agent in Charge (PAIC) at the Sandusky Bay Border Patrol Station in Port Clinton, Ohio. As the PAIC, Agent Grupe is responsible for all Border Patrol Operations and personnel in northern Ohio spanning from areas west of Toledo to the Pennsylvania State Line.
PAIC Grupe entered on duty July 13, 2003 as a member of class 557. His first duty assignment as a Border Patrol Agent was at the Ajo Station in Arizona. As a Border Patrol Agent he served as a team leader on the Horse Patrol Unit as well as a Prosecutions Agent.
In December 2008, he was promoted to Supervisory Border Patrol Agent at the Ajo Station. During his tenure as a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, PAIC Grupe also held collateral duty positions as a Fleet Supervisor and Public Information Officer.
In February 2011, he was promoted to Field Operations Supervisor at the Ajo Station. He led the daily operations of a 90 agent line watch unit which included 12 Supervisory Border Patrol Agents in one of the most dynamic stations in the Border Patrol. He was responsible for all aspects of shift management ranging from administration to enforcement operations.
In January 2012, he was appointed by the Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent to establish and lead the West Desert Task Force (WDTF), a first of its kind in Arizona. Under his command, he built a multi-agency coalition comprised of approximately 50 law enforcement personnel from USBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the local Sherriff’s Office. He led a staff of 22 agents and two supervisors from different Border Patrol stations and organized the deployments of officers and agents from participating agencies. He was responsible for all desert operations encompassing 1,600 square miles in one of the largest drug corridors along the southwest border. The WDTF combined both enforcement and investigative efforts that resulted in the dismantlement or displacement of three drug transportation cells operating in the WDTF’s area of responsibility.
In June 2014, Agent Grupe was promoted to Assistant Chief in the Office of Border Patrol in Washington, D.C. While assigned to the Strategic Planning Division of the Strategic Planning and Analysis Directorate, PAIC Grupe was responsible for the overall priority management process for the United States Border Patrol. He served as the lead facilitator and practitioner in institutionalizing the priority process for the Border Patrol.
In January 2016, Agent Grupe was promoted to the PAIC position at the Sandusky Bay Station.
PAIC Grupe graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology.
PAIC Grupe is a graduate from the Balance Scorecard Institute’s Strategic Management System as well as the U.S. Army’s University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies Red Team Leader’s Course.
PAIC Grupe is 36 years old and a native of Michigan. He and his wife, Amanda, have three young children and currently reside in Milan, Ohio.