TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol recognized 16-year-old Ana Barrios in a special ceremony Tuesday as the Sector’s first Explorer of the Year.
Barrios has been a member of the Douglas Border Patrol Explorer Post #456 since March 2015 and currently serves as “Patrol Explorer in Charge” of her post.
Throughout her time as an explorer, Barrios has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and a strong drive to succeed. In addition to participating in the Explorer Program, Barrios serves as Student Body Secretary at her high school; tutors fellow students in math and English; participates in school athletics; and maintains a 4.0 GPA.
The Tucson Sector selected Barrios for this award because she “exemplifies leadership qualities through her dedication and service to the community”. When asked what she enjoys most about being an explorer, Barrios stated, “I enjoy that I’m treated equally in the Explorer Program. Even though I was the only female in our Explorer competitions, I was treated with respect by all of my peers.”
The Explorer Program offers youth an opportunity to engage in law enforcement related training and competitions, as well as providing volunteer services to help improve their community. Through community outreach, such as the Explorer Program, the Tucson Sector Border Patrol supports activities to help youth prepare for the future.
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.