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Laredo Border Patrol Sector Holds First-Ever Family Academy

Release Date: 
November 7, 2012

Laredo, Texas - Border Patrol families now have a better understanding of the U.S. Border Patrol after successfully completing the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Family Academy.

Laredo Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent John C. Esquivel hosted a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for the 15 graduates of the first-ever Laredo Sector Border Patrol Family Academy. Students in the class included agent spouses and significant others.

Border Patrol agents from Laredo speak to Border Patrol families.

Tuesday night's session was the final meeting for the group that met weekly for seven weeks.

Some of the interactive sessions provided included; Patrol Family and Friends Awareness Program, Chaplain Program, and Peer Support Program. They also experienced first-hand the unique work environment specific to Border Patrol operations which included demonstrations of Border Patrol equipment and guided tours of the Rio Grande River aboard an airboat and a firearms safety class.

Border Patrol families participate in firearms training at first Family Academy.

"For seven weeks, the family members developed a better understanding what their spouse goes through when they leave the house to go to work," says John C. Esquivel, acting chief Patrol Agent. "We appreciate them taking the time to be part of the first-ever family academy. Our goal is for the participants to understand the work and duties of an agent, and to show them what it takes to secure our borders."

For more information on our family academy you can contact Border Community Liaison Coordinators at 764-3107.

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