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Chicago Customs and Border Protection Want Teens to Join Them

Release Date: 
September 27, 2012

Chicago - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Chicago want local teens to join the CBP Law Enforcement Explorer Program. Once a year, former law enforcement explorers, who are now federal officers, return to help recruit new members for this dynamic program that offers direct pathways to federal jobs. The Chicago CBP Law Enforcement Explorer Program will hold two Open House events. One will be held on Thursday, September 27, in downtown Chicago at the Customhouse located at 610 S. Canal Street, 6th Floor. The second will be held on Thursday, October 4, at the CBP Port of Chicago offices at 5600 Pearl St. in Rosemont, IL. Both events will begin at 6:00 p.m. where interested teens are encouraged to bring their parents for program presentations.

"If you are a youth and have ever been interested in federal law enforcement, this program is definitely the place for you," said Steven Artino, Acting Chicago CBP Director of Field Operations. "Many explorers, who graduated from our program, have achieved their goals of becoming federal law enforcement officers with CBP, FBI, U.S. Secret Service or officers with local police departments. There is no other youth program like this one when it comes to having fun and developing the self-confidence, discipline and leadership skills that will last a lifetime."

Chicago CBP Law Enforcement Explorers prepare to compete at the 2012 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Chicago CBP Law Enforcement Explorers prepare to compete at the 2012 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

As an explorer, each youth receives expert training and education in firearms, crime and drug prevention, hostage negotiations, crime scene search, domestic crisis, traffic stops, criminal law, investigative techniques, and physical fitness. Teens are able to personally interact with CBP officers, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents and agents from the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, state troopers and local police.

Before graduating from the program, a CBP Law Enforcement Explorer must earn 240 hours of community service and meet challenging physical and academic requirements. Chicago explorers also hold fund-raising activities and travel to participate in state and national competitions. Law Enforcement Exploring is a subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America and is open to young adults between the ages of 14 through 21. Nationally, more than 33,000 explorers and 8,425 adults volunteer within this life-changing program.

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