PEMBROKE PINES, FLA.—Miami Sector Border Patrol agents are routinely called upon to respond to emergency calls for assistance from other law enforcement agencies. To prepare agents for the inherent dangers associated with responding to these calls, the Miami Sector coordinated with its Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico, to import their robust Active Shooter Instructor Training Program.
From January 9-13, 2012, instructors from the Border Patrol Academy delivered the Active Shooter Instructor Training Program at the Dania Beach Border Patrol Station. Miami Sector made the training available to the Miami Office of Air & Marine, Miami Office of Field Operations, Office of Internal Affairs, the Miami-Dade Police, and the Ramey Sector Border Patrol in Puerto Rico, all of which sent agents to the training.
The Active Shooter Instructor Training Program was designed to educate law enforcement officers on the increasing risks of an active shooter and/or terrorist incident. The five-day program provides active shooter instructor candidates with the tools necessary to effectively and efficiently respond to any type of active shooter call outs.
"In today's society, law enforcement personnel must be able to recognize, and effectively operate as a member of a first responder team tasked with dealing with an active shooter/terrorist incident in a public school, private business or place of employment," said Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew A. Zetts.
To successfully complete the Active Shooter Instructor Training Program, all candidates participate in all active shooter laboratories and must pass an intensive teach-back block of instruction that focuses on all critical areas associated with responding to an active shooter situation.
Miami Sector Chief Patrol Agent Zetts thanked Border Patrol Academy Chief Roberto Correa and his agents for traveling to Miami Sector to conduct this critical law enforcement training.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.