CHARLESTON, S.C.—CBP is a familiar face at many recruiting events and job fairs in which we receive invitations to attend. 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, South Carolina.
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 current employees and ask questions.
In attendance were SCBPO 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 (SLED), 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 February 29, 2012, 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." Speaking to over 140 students in a short two hour time frame, there wasn't time to bring up the fact that both CBP and the Citadel have been featured in several Hollywood movies.
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.