VAN BUREN, MAINE—The Houlton Sector will conduct a Citizens Academy hosted by the Van Buren Station in Fort Kent, Maine beginning April 5. The academy will be conducted at the Fort Kent Town Office. Residents will have an opportunity to get a firsthand look at how the U.S. Border Patrol operates in Maine.
The Citizens Academy will consist of 18 to 20 students and will meet on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 10. One class will be conducted on Saturday, May 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Academy will inform participants about the overall mission and function of the U.S. Border Patrol and the Houlton Sector. Our goal is to foster understanding and create an open dialogue with the citizens that we serve.
The Houlton Sector Citizens Academy is open to all U.S. citizens, 18 years of age and above, who are interested in learning about the Border Patrol's history, legal authority, mission, operations and partnerships. Attendees receive approximately 18 hours of instruction, tours and hands on training from Border Patrol agents, and various guest speakers, including other federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Individuals interested in participating in the upcoming Citizens Academy are encouraged to contact Houlton Sector Public Affairs Office at (207) 532-6521. Pick-up an application at the following Border Patrol locations and return them by March 20.
Any media interested in attending and observing the first class on April 5, should RSVP to the Houlton Sector Office of Public Affairs at (207) 532-6521 by noon on April 2.
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.