Border Patrol Hosts Graduation for Citizens Academy
21 Graduate after Completing Six-Week Course
DEL RIO, Texas – Del Rio Border Patrol Sector hosted their annual Citizens Academy, graduating 20 in a special ceremony, Oct. 17.
“The Citizens Academy gives our fellow community members an opportunity to have positive personal interaction with our agents and to see firsthand the challenges agents face,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “On behalf of the men and women of Del Rio Sector, I want to thank everyone whot attended, for their participation and dedication to making this event a success.”
Graduates experienced the wide range of capabilities and aspects of Border Patrol operations. Students participated in interactive lessons including use-of-force, firearms, signcutting, K-9, and maritime operations. They were able to conduct live-fire training with Border Patrol firearms and deploy less-lethal devices to gain better understanding of the intense training agents undergo. Other sessions included an overview of horse patrol, boat patrol, as well as BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical) and BORSTAR (Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue) K-9 teams to demonstrate the specialized equipment they use.
Activities such as these help promote the relationship between agents and other members of the communities they live in and serve. Citizens Academies are held several times a year throughout Del Rio Sector. Members of the public, over the age of 21 are encouraged to apply when academies are announced.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.