BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Border Patrol invites residents to join Citizens Academies starting in early May. The academies will be held at the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol stations. The academies provide an inside look at how agents secure the border between ports of entry along the U.S. border.
The Citizens Academy program is a free outreach program designed to educate members of the public on the Border Patrol mission, why it is performed, and how it is executed. Participants will learn about Border Patrol’s history, legal authority, mission, operations, and partnerships. Attendees receive approximately 18 hours of instruction, tours, and hands-on training from Border Patrol agents to include tracking, search and rescue, boat patrol, self-defense, and firearms tactics in our new virtual training simulator system.
“Our Citizens Academies are a great way for the public to have a better understanding of what, how and why we do our jobs,” said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Kevin Radke. “We are proud to be part of the Western New York community and look forward to hosting as many people as possible.”
The Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol stations have scheduled three academies during the spring and summer, starting May 3, 2018. The academies run for six consecutive weeks, three hours per session. The final session concludes with a graduation event.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, and submit an application that includes a criminal background check. People interested in attending should call Border Patrol Agent Dean Mandel at the Buffalo Border Patrol Station at (716) 862-7000, or Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Kevin Radke at the Niagara Falls Station at (716) 285-6444.
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.