TUCSON, ARIZ.—Border Community Liaison agents from the Ajo Border Patrol Station graduated participants from the station's first-ever Customs and Border Protection Citizens Academy on April 4.
The Citizens Academy is an outreach program designed to provide members of the community with an inside look at the daily operations of securing Arizona's border with Mexico. Throughout the course, attendees participate in interactive demonstrations such as defensive tactics, tracking and inspections for prohibited items. Participants also learn about the distinctive roles and responsibilities of each CBP component, as well as their integrated mission to secure America's border.
Ajo Station's Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Scott Good thanked participants for playing a "pivotal role in the success of the first integrated CBP Citizens Academy." Port Director Carlos Gonzalez and Assistant Port Director Joel Jorgensen from the Lukeville Port of Entry were also present to acknowledge the attendees' participation and accomplishments.
CBP officials involved in the program said the participants' feedback was overwhelmingly positive; especially because of Ajo Station's remote location, seasonal residents, and community challenges.
CBP is committed to fostering a positive relationship within the communities where agents and officers live and serve. Outreach programs such as the Citizens Academy promote cooperation, collaboration and understanding with border residents; improving the quality of life through law enforcement related awareness.
CBP welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.