YUMA, Ariz. – Officials from Yuma Sector Border Patrol, San Luis Port of Entry, and Air and Marine Operations will host an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection “Citizen’s Academy” from Feb. 6 through March 6 in Yuma.
This program is designed to provide Yuma County business, civic, religious and community leaders, as well as interested residents, an inside look at how CBP secures the border at and between ports of entry in southwestern Arizona. Participants will become familiar with CBP’s mission and each component’s distinctive role and responsibilities to secure America’s borders.
Participants will tour the border and have an opportunity to volunteer in interactive demonstrations, such as tracking, search and rescue, self-defense, firearms tactics, and inspections for prohibited agricultural items.
Classes will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. Applications are available at Yuma Sector Border Patrol Headquarters, 4035 S. Avenue A, Yuma; and the San Luis Port of Entry, Highway 95 & International Border, San Luis. Participants are urged to sign up early due to limited space. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1. A limited background check is required.
Questions can be directed to Border Patrol Agent Matt Wills at the Yuma Sector’s Border Community Liaison Office, (928) 341-2967, or to Chief Customs and Border Protection Officer Annica Zacarias, (928) 627-8816.
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.