CHARLESTON, S.C.—CBP is a familiar face at many recruiting events and job fairs, but being invited to the Citadel (a military university that has been established since 1842) for their Law Enforcement Day was a definite highlight; a historic university in the historic city of Charleston, S.C.
The purpose of the event was to help students better understand careers in law enforcement. The format included informational tables that allowed the students to easily speak to CBP employees and ask questions about the demands and rewards of becoming a CBP officer or agriculture specialist.
In attendance were Supervisory CBPO Rhonda Pereira, CBPAS Ben Swain and CBPO Joseph Tommasini. Other participants included many other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies: Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigations, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardons, South Carolina Highway Patrol, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Corrections, Columbia Police Department and Charleston Police Department.
The event, held on Feb. 29, proved to be an exciting and worthwhile effort that introduced students to CBP and its mission. The students understood and possessed the core values of the desired CBP employee; "Vigilance, Service and Integrity", with the Citadel having the core values of "Honor, Duty and Respect."
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.