Houlton Sector Holds Graduation Ceremony for U.S. Border Patrol Explorers
HOULTON, Maine – Graduation ceremonies held recently in Houlton, recognized the hard work, commitment and leadership demonstrated by local area youth. On July 27, 20 teens completed the U.S. Border Patrol Explorer Program’s 2-Week Basic Academy. Eleven graduated from the Houlton Station Post #1820 and nine from the Fort Fairfield Station Post #194.
Law Enforcement Exploring is a Learning for Life program founded by the Boy Scouts of America. The intent of the Basic Academy is to introduce high school aged students (14 to 18 years old) to law enforcement as a potential career choice. The new Explorers received national certifications in First Aid/CPR/AED and NRA Basic Pistol.
“This is a voluntary program and these young people are to be commended for their drive and determination,” said Houlton Station Patrol Agent in Charge Brent Conley. “It is a challenging two-weeks, both physically and mentally, and the hot and humid weather has been an additional challenge. Today, these young men and women are receiving some much-deserved recognition for their efforts.”
“Fort Fairfield Post #194 has nine new Explorers that have recently completed our Basic Academy,” said Fort Fairfield Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge John Krause. “Our formal graduation ceremony for Post #194 will be held later in the fall. Much like Houlton Post #1820, Fort Fairfield Post #194 has an amazing group of kids that are eager to learn and that are dedicated to serving in their communities.”
If you, or someone that you know may be interested in an upcoming Explorer Post Basic Academy, or have questions concerning the program, please contact U.S. Border Patrol Houlton Sector Headquarters at: (207) 532-6521.
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.