Assaults against Border Patrol agents fell sharply in fiscal 2014, the sixth year in a row.

During the year, Border Patrol agents were in the spotlight because of their use of deadly force against people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Congressional scrutiny and media reports pushed the Department of Homeland Security to announce new policies in the spring restricting when and how agents can use deadly force and requiring more training in less- lethal alternatives.

Agents were victims of several high-profile acts of violence in the past fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, and the first few months of the current fiscal year, including a Dec. 6 incident on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in Arizona in which a migrant struck an agent in the face with a rock, fracturing his orbital bone.

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