Tucson, Ariz. - The Tucson Sector Border Patrol took advantage of several opportunities to make civic contributions to border communities over the past month. Agents collected food for a local food bank, devoted their time to reading to elementary school children, and participated in a local holiday parade.
As part of the Border Community Liaison program, Nogales agents collected 142 pounds of nonperishable food items and donated the food to the Nogales Community Food Bank which will go toward helping local families in need during the holiday season (photo available). In addition, they participated in the "Reading is Fundamental" program with Nogales elementary schools and read books to first and second graders. Interaction between agents and students establishes a positive relationship with law enforcement at a young age and demonstrates the value of community service.
Earlier this month, Nogales Station's Bike Patrol and ATV Units participated in the Christmas Light Parade alongside the Nogales Police Department, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, and CBP's Office of Field Operations (photo available). Nogales Station's Patrol Agent in Charge Leslie Lawson served as a judge for the 44 lighted floats and four marching bands in the parade.
The Border Patrol is committed to keeping communities safe, providing assistance to those in need and fostering positive relationships with the people we serve and protect everyday.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.