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CBP Participates in Red Ribbon Week

Release Date: 
October 24, 2012

Tucson, Ariz. - In an effort to increase community engagement among local youth, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents returned to school recently to participate in events commemorating Red Ribbon Week.

Office of Air and Marine agent discussing the dangers of drug use during Red Ribbon Week.

Office of Air and Marine agent discussing the dangers of drug use during Red Ribbon Week.

This year, all three branches of CBP met up at Ocotillo Ridge Elementary in Vail, Ariz., to educate students on the hazards and consequences of illegal drugs. Afterwards, students were treated to a close-up look at one of the helicopters used by Tucson-based Office of Air and Marine agents.

The Red Ribbon campaign started in 1985 as a tribute to federal Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique "KiKi" Camarena who made the ultimate sacrifice in the battle against illegal drugs. In 1988, National Family Partnership sponsored the first national-level Red Ribbon celebration.

Office of Field Operations officer and Border Patrol agent discussing the dangers of drug use during Red Ribbon Week.

Office of Field Operations officer and Border Patrol agent discussing the dangers of drug use during Red Ribbon Week.

Today, Red Ribbon Week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It is also an opportunity to show that Camarena's spirit and hope for a drug-free America can never be extinguished.

"It is an honor and a privilege for the men and women of Customs and Border Protection to participate in community events as important as Red Ribbon Week," said Jeffrey D. Self, commander of CBP's Joint Field Command - Arizona. "As residents of the communities we serve, we are committed to the safety and well being of our neighborhoods."

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017