LAREDO, Texas – On June 22, 2015, Laredo Sector Border Patrol held a combined Explorer Academy and graduated a total of 28 Border Patrol Explorers. The academy consisted of Explorer posts from Laredo North Station (Post 1987) Laredo South Station (Post 0097) and Hebbronville Station (Post 359). This was the second combined academy class for the Laredo Sector Explorer Program.
The academy was held at the National Guard Armory from June 8th-19th. Station advisors collaborated to coordinate this two-week academy with various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The 80-hour training, consisted of daily physical training, classroom instruction on laws and investigation, hands-on training in defensive tactics, and CPR to name a few.
The Border Patrol Explorer program was established to provide the local youth with an understanding of law enforcement work, promote their self-confidence, self-discipline, responsibility, and volunteerism. The program also provides hands-on experience with Border Patrol programs and an opportunity to interact with others sharing the same goals and interests.
The Laredo North Station Explorer Post #1987 was established in the early 1990’s and currently has 16 active Explorers and 9 Advisors. The Laredo South Station Explorer Post #0097 was established in 1994 and currently has 15 active Explorers and 8 Advisors. The Hebbronville Station Explorer Post #359 was established in 2010 and currently has 5 active Explorers and 5 Advisors.
The Laredo Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity such as drug and/or alien smuggling, contact the Laredo Sector Border Patrol toll free telephone number at 1-800-343-1994.
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.