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Fostering Interest in Law Enforcement Careers in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Release Date: 
April 4, 2012

San Juan, Puerto Rico - Outreach is an important first step in Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) overall recruitment strategy to meet its pledge to achieve a culture of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Motivating potential candidates from groups underrepresented in the national workforce is critical to have a representative law enforcement organization.

CBP recruitment team poses with HIDTA Deputy Director Catherine Mills (center).

CBP recruitment team poses with HIDTA Deputy Director Catherine Mills (center).

Recently CBP components from Ramey Border Patrol Sector, the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch and the San Juan Office of Field Operations participated in the Annual Law Enforcement Career and Recruitment Day held at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) in St. Croix.

The CBP team, composed of Border Patrol agents, a Marine Interdiction agent, a CBP officer and a CBP mission support specialist, helped educate more than 200 interested college students and St. Croix citizenry about the career options within CBP and the Department of Homeland Security.

The event was organized and led by the Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Island High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Deputy Director Catherine Mills. The goal, as she stated, was to "increase the hiring of local youth and their representation in law enforcement, both federal and local, by exposing them to the myriad opportunities available." Approximately 33 other local and federal law enforcement and educational entities participated in the recruitment event.

Local media including "Channel 8" news, the on-line newspaper; "The Source," the printed newspaper; and the St. Croix Avis covered the event and interviewed agency representatives and attendees.

UVI Counseling Supervisor Patricia Towal commented on the significant interest from students with CBP personnel and their exhibition table.

The current CBP officer vacancy announcement and the CBP and USAJOBS websites were heavily advertised during the event. CBP and Border Community themed literature was also distributed among interested parties.

"It was great interacting with some genuinely interested students who now have a better understanding of our job and are now considering joining one of our CBP agencies" stated Ramey Sector Border Patrol recruiter Elias Vera.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017