IMPERIAL, Calif. —El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents hosted a Citizens’ Academy designed to provide the “trainees” a first-hand look at Border Patrol operations.
Sessions were three hours long once a week for a six week period. Trainee had opportunities to explore the different facets of U.S. Border Patrol operations, facilities, and equipment. The program included tours of the international boundary, tactical infrastructure and technology used to secure the border.
Trainees were also provided insight with the rigorous training agents undergo including defensive tactics, high altitude rappelling, and mock and virtual reality scenarios encountered by Border Patrol agents in the field.
“Our citizens’ academy provided us the ability to interact with the community and offer participants a better understanding of the work Border Patrol agents do daily to protect our country,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David Kim.
The Citizens’ Academy graduated its 14 participants on Wednesday.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.
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.