Laredo Sector Explorer Academy Class Graduates
LAREDO, Texas – On August 8, the Laredo Sector Explorer Academy Class #006 graduated from the Laredo Sector Border Patrol Explorer Academy at Laredo College in Laredo, Texas.
The ceremony consisted of 18 graduates with nine graduates from Laredo North Station (Post 1987), seven graduated from Laredo South Station (Post 0097), and two graduates from Hebbronville Station (Post 359).
The two-week academy was held from July 22 through August 7, 2019, at the National Guard Armory and Boy Scouts of America Camp Huisachie. Academy training included physical training, drill and ceremony, use of force/defensive tactics, criminal immigration, naturalization and statutory laws, first aid, survival swimming, and basic handgun safety.
The Border Patrol Explorer program, first established in the Laredo Sector in 1984, provides local youth with an understanding of law enforcement work and promotes their self-confidence, self-discipline, responsibility, and volunteerism. With 28 posts primarily in Texas, Arizona, and California, the program offers 14-20 year olds hands-on experience and the opportunity to work with dedicated U.S. Border Patrol professionals throughout their formative years.
“Graduating from the Explorer Academy is not the end. This is only the beginning. Ultimately, some of you may take the training that was provided through this program and seek to join the United States Border Patrol or another law enforcement agency. Our hope is that we provided you with a solid foundation on which you can build your future,” said Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez in remarks given during the ceremony.
Anyone interested in finding out more information on the Border Patrol Explorer Program can contact 956-726-5759.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.