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First Maine U.S. Border Patrol Explorer Post Graduates

Release Date: 
November 15, 2012

Fort Fairfield, Maine - Saturday, a formal ceremony was held at the Fort Fairfield, Maine Border Patrol Station to honor local youth graduating from Explorer Post #194. A total of 12 students were recognized for successfully completing an aggressive three-month law enforcement Explorer academy. The academy began on Aug. 2, and is a first for the Fort Fairfield Station.

The day began with an invocation by Assistant Pastor Steve Young, Celebration Center, and the Explorers demonstrating their handcuffing and vehicle stop techniques to their families and other guests in attendance.

Guest speakers Aroostook County Sheriff James Madore and Houlton Sector Chief Patrol Agent Joseph Mellia discussed the importance of the Explorer Post, and the advantage the new graduates would now have over others pursuing careers in the same field, as well as congratulated each of them for their commitment and dedication to this intense hands-on academy. In closing, each graduate was provided an Explorer badge and certificate for their successful completion of the three-month academy, and was followed by a luncheon. Guests were also provided guided tours of the Fort Fairfield Station.

New Explorers listen to Border Patrol Chief at graduation

"CBP is committed to the partnership between law enforcement and America's youth," said Acting Patrol Agent in Charge John Bonner, Fort Fairfield Station. "The Explorer Program is the bridge which our agents utilize to mentor and prepare our youth for exciting and challenging futures."

The U.S. Border Patrol Explorer Program is for young adults interested in law enforcement who are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents between the ages of 14 and 21, and who are currently enrolled in either high school or college and who are interested in a future career in law enforcement.

The practical training and hands-on experience promote self-confidence, responsibility, leadership, and citizenship qualities to participants by promoting positive relationships between law enforcement and the communities, and leading by example in performing a wide variety of activities and community service projects throughout Maine.

Hannah Dionne and Jessika Kovach practices techniques for handcuffing arrestees

Individuals interested in exploring a law enforcement career, promoting character development and acquiring skills in such areas as management, supervision, instruction, public speaking, and community relations, are encouraged to contact Supervisory Border Patrol Agent John Krause at 207-472-5041 or the Houlton Sector Public Affairs Office at (207) 532-6521 for future Explorer Post classes.

For more information on the CBP Explorer Program, please visit the CBP web site.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017