LAREDO, Texas – On July 22, 2016, members of the Laredo Sector Canine Unit held a graduation to welcome three Border Patrol agents to the program. Border Patrol agents were honored in a ceremony in front of their peers and family.
Division Chief Anthony S. Good welcomed the agents and families to this special ceremony to recognize the Border Patrol agents who have recently joined the Laredo Sector Canine program. “These agents work in arduous conditions, working long hours patrolling the border, and caring for these canines is truly a labor of love. Never stop learning, continue your strong work ethic. We have a proud legacy in the canine program, it is an elite group of operators,” said Division Chief Anthony S. Good.
The 7-week canine handler program consists of a rigorous training course which includes a pass or fail exam at the end of the class. The Laredo Sector Canine program currently has 85 canine teams with 19 Supervisors and certified field instructors.
The Laredo Sector canines perform multiple duties, including track and trail, open-field searches, freight train checks, and the most utilized – traffic checks. Established in 1987, the Laredo Sector Canine program is one of the largest in the U.S. Border Patrol -- and it is still growing.
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.