CBP Air and Marine Operations Honors Fallen Agents and Officers with Law Enforcement Partners in North Florida
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) honored the memory of fallen law enforcement officers at the 2018 Police Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
The event memorialized Clay County Sheriff officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service. Florida-based CBP Air and Marine Operations agents paid tribute alongside law enforcement agencies on the St. Johns River with vessels anchored in formation.
Following an "Amazing Grace" rendition on the iconic bagpipes, an AMO P-3 Orion Airborne Early Warning (AEW) and P-3 Long Range Tracker (LRT) flew an aerial review over the audience. The aircraft soared over Spring Park rumbling the ground while instilling excitement with a patriotic flare.
"Police Week reminds us all of the inherent risks of law enforcement,” said Air and Marine Operations Agent Bill Walsh. “It was a privilege for NASOC-Jacksonville to be included in this event. Local law enforcement is a vital partner in so much of what we do and it was important that we stood with them today."
On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which it falls as National Police Week, the annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.
The National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville, forms half of the P-3 operations wing. With its partner center in Corpus Christi, Texas, NASOC-Jacksonville operates P-3 aircraft throughout North and South America in defense of the borders of the United States and to combat efforts to smuggle persons and contraband. The center is an active partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Energy and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) during natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria.
CBP's Air and Marine Operations is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities. AMO interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings.
With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.
In Fiscal Year 2017, AMO enforcement actions resulted in the approximate seizure or disruption of 269,790 pounds of cocaine, 384,230 pounds of marijuana, 5,721 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,089 weapons, and $26.1 million; 2,573 arrests; and 37,009 apprehensions of illegal aliens.
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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.