Del Rio, Texas -Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Honor Guard hosted a graduation ceremony honoring the graduates of its first-ever Combined Law Enforcement Honor Guard Academy on Dec. 9th.
The week-long academy, held in Del Rio, included agents and officers from U.S. Border Patrol, CBP Office of Field Operations, Del Rio Police Department and Eagle Pass Police Department. The academy included a combined training staff as well.
The candidates were trained in "drill and ceremony" which is necessary to represent their agencies in federal, state and local civic functions, and in providing final honors to fellow law enforcement officers. The U.S. Border Patrol Honor Guard provided the curriculum used for the academy, while the Del Rio Police Department provided the training facilities. Sunset Memorial Oaks and the Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery provided the venues for a realistic hands-on training. Eighteen candidates graduated from the academy and each will represent their agency with the utmost professionalism and honor.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Dean Sinclair, Del Rio Sector, congratulated the graduates of the various entities upon the completion of their training. "In our day-to-day activities, these different agencies work side-by-side to keep our citizens safe," said Sinclair. "It is great to see them come together in this important endeavor. As guardians of our nation's colors, the Honor Guard performs a crucial role in the law enforcement community."
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.