Imperial, Calif. - On May 12, 2012, the El Centro Sector Border Patrol hosted the First Annual Family Law Enforcement Cookout. The cook out began at 11:00 a.m. and ran until 4:00 p.m. In order to help our local families and residents in need, visitors donated canned food items at the entrance of the event that was later donated to the Imperial Valley Food Bank.
Families, Law Enforcement agencies and their personnel along with Local Businesses partnered to make the event a success: U.S. Border Patrol Welfare and Recreation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Field Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Centinela State Prison, Calipatria State Prison, California Highway Patrol, Imperial County District Attorney's Office, Imperial County Probations, Imperial County Fire Department, Imperial County Sherriff's Office, Imperial Irrigation District, El Centro Police Department, Imperial Police Department, Home Depot Moose Lodge #1033, Burgers and Beer, United Way, Famous Daves, Crossfit Imperial Valley, Myra's Beauty Salon, Morales Jiu Jitsu, Blue Knights, Frito/Lay, Smart & Final, Applebee's El Centro, and JR Sports.
"This event allowed members of the law enforcement fraternity and their families to come together and enjoy a day of food and activities," said El Centro Sector Border Patrol Chief Jeffrey A. Calhoon. "In true law enforcement fashion, participants demonstrated their commitment to community service through their donations," he said.
Over 700 people were in attendance to this event. Families donated 438 pounds of nonperishable items for El Centro area families.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.