Laredo High School Senior Selected as Patrol Agent in Charge for a Day in Honor of Laredo Noon Optimist Club Youth Appreciation Day
Laredo, Texas - On November 15, Edgar Trejo, a senior at United South High School, was chosen as this year's Patrol Agent in Charge for a Day; an honor that allowed him to get an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Laredo North Border Patrol Station operations.
The annual event is hosted by The Laredo Noon Optimist Club, which gives area high school seniors the opportunity to get a first-hand look at some of the inner workings of local, county and federal agencies within the Laredo community.
Trejo was first greeted by Laredo North's Patrol Agent in Charge (PAIC), Carl Landrum, and Acting Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge (DPAIC), Justin Needham. After, he was formally sworn in as "Patrol Agent in Charge for a Day." Trejo, PAIC for the day, was advised that he is responsible for 600 agents and support staff. He was presented with an award certificate and was given some Border Patrol memorabilia.
The student was then provided with a station tour to include a look of Laredo Sector's Prosecution and Processing Center. As he toured the different departments he was given the opportunity to ask questions and observe staff and agents conduct their daily assignments.
Trejo, being an athlete himself, a four year football player and power lifter, was also given a tour of the Laredo Sector's Mustang CrossFit Program. He was extremely impressed with the agency having a physical fitness program offered to the employees at no cost. The instructors gave the student a brief explanation of the program and workout of the day (WOD).
One of the many highlights of his day was shadowing PAIC Landrum and Needham to see the different duties a Border Patrol agent is assigned out on the field. Agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Marine unit gave Trejo a boat tour and spoke to him about the roles and responsibilities of patrolling the river. After his boat tour, he met up with agents riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV) where he was able to see how they play a critical role to the Border Patrol mission. The highlight of his tour was seeing the checkpoint's state-of-the-art technology. While at the checkpoint, he witnessed a positive canine alert on a vehicle that was subsequently sent to secondary for further investigating.
To conclude the day, PAIC Landrum and Acting DPAIC Needham accompanied the students to a luncheon sponsored by the Laredo Noon Optimist Club, where Trejo and several other youths selected for this honor were recognized for their achievements. Trejo mentioned how awesome his experience was and was surprised to learn how much is involved in carrying out the job of a Border Patrol agent.
This year, Laredo Sector Border Patrol celebrates 25-years in honoring the youth of Laredo. This is one of the many programs that the Laredo Sector Border Patrol participates which recognizes students in our community.
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.