ATLANTA – U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officers and K-9 teams joined the Fayette County Georgia Cub Scouts at their annual summer camp. The theme of this year’s week long Scout camp was “Cub Scout Investigators” or “CSI” that along with CBP’s participation included law enforcement presentation by local agencies.
On Tuesday June 7, CBP officers from the Port of Atlanta’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) were joined by narcotic and agriculture K-9 teams to demonstrate to more than 100 Cub Scouts the mission of CBP and how we protect our nation’s borders.
“The Cub Scouts program is respected and known for educating our youth beyond what they learn in school,” said Devin Chamberlain, CBP’s Acting Port Director for the Port of Atlanta. “CBP’s practical demonstration regarding how we keep our country safe can make a real difference in a child’s life.
The A-TCET officers shared with the scouts valuable tools and equipment available to officers at airports, seaports and land border points across the country. The Scouts were able to see operations of the 101 X-Ray van, mobile tool truck and a marked CBP police vehicle. The interactive exhibits generated excellent questions from the Scouts and their parents, which were answered by officers.
“Man’s best friend,” i.e. CBP’s K-9 teams, were also on display providing a unique and interesting experience as the Scouts witnessed the members of the “Beagle Brigade” detected prohibited agriculture items and food products that could harm our nation. “Blesk,” the narcotic K-9, demonstrated how drugs or contraband in back packs and suitcases can be located among international travelers.
On March 1, 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection became the nation’s first comprehensive border security agency with a focus on maintaining the integrity of the nation’s boundaries and ports of entry. On a typical day, CBP seizes more than 9,000 pounds of narcotics at and between the nation’s 328 international ports of entry.
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.