OROVILLE, WASH.—Border Patrol Explorer Post #0023 held its 8th annual Border Patrol Explorer Academy from June 23-28. The six-day academy, held at Lost Lake in the Okanogan National Forest, is a condensed version of the Border Patrol Academy course.
Explorer cadets participated in classroom instruction combined with "hands on" experience in arrest techniques, defensive tactics, survival swimming, First Aid/CPR and physical training. In addition, cadets learned basic immigration and criminal law, crime scene investigation and vehicle stop techniques.
Graduation was held June 28 at the Oroville Border Patrol Station. Fourteen cadets earned the title of Border Patrol Explorer, 11 from the Oroville Border Patrol Explorer Post and three from the Marion County Oregon Sheriff's Office Explorer Post.
Marion County Cadet Bailey Moeller was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award during the graduation ceremony. Upon receiving her award Moeller said, "The Academy pushed me beyond my limits and back. I feel prepared for anything."
The 2013 Explorer Academy graduates are:
Law Enforcement Exploring is a program for young men and women ages 14-21 that provides training on the purpose, mission and objectives of law enforcement. Exploring provides leadership opportunities for youth, and performs service in the community. For more information on Border Patrol Explorers, contact John Tafolla at (509) 476-3622.
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.