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Local Citizens Graduate from the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol Stations' First Citizens Academy

Release Date: 
April 17, 2012

Grand Island, N.Y. - The Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol Buffalo Sector, graduated its first local Citizens Academy class on April 16, in an event hosted by the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol Stations. The Citizen's Academy, which held its first session on March 12, met every Monday night for a six-week period with community leaders from Buffalo, Grand Island, Lewiston, and Tonawanda participating in this premiere experience.

The Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol Stations graduated their first joint Citizens Academy class last night, which included community leaders from Buffalo, Grand Island, Lewiston, and Tonawanda.

The Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol Stations graduated their first joint Citizens Academy class last night, which included community leaders from Buffalo, Grand Island, Lewiston, and Tonawanda.

"The academy was a success for the community attendees and the staff at Buffalo and Niagara Falls Station. In fact, we were originally scheduled for five classes, but at the request of the participants, we added an additional class in order to give a more in depth view of the mission of the U.S. Border Patrol," said Matthew Densmore, Patrol Agent in Charge.

Participants received a behind-the-scenes tour of the station and learned of the history of the Border Patrol, its mission, and the role Border Patrol plays in protecting the border. Participants also learned about technologies utilized by Border Patrol agents, defensive tactics, maritime operations, and collaborative operations including the Integrated Border Enforcement Team and Operation Stonegarden.

"Our attendees got a rare opportunity to get a first hand look at the tools and methods utilized to accomplish our mission," said Densmore.

These classes are just the beginning as Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol Stations will host their next six-week Citizens Academy beginning Saturday, June 9.

If you are interested in attending future sessions of the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol Stations Citizens Academy, please contact Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jeff Wilson at (716)-862-7000.

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