GRAND ISLAND, N.Y.—Hosted by the Wellesley Island Border Patrol Station, the U.S. Border Patrol, Buffalo Sector, graduated its first Citizens Academy class Wednesday night. The Citizens Academy, which began on Feb. 22, met every Wednesday night for a six-week period.
Community leaders from the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Wellesley Island Fire Department, and the Antique Boat Museum, as well as other local organizations participated in this premiere experience.
"The academy was a resounding success for the Thousand Islands community attendees, the staff at Wellesley Island Station, and our fellow law enforcement partners who provided briefings regarding their missions and relationships with the Border Patrol," said Patrol Agent in Charge Matthew Roggow.
Participants received a behind-the-scenes tour of the station and learned of the history of 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 provided interactive and engaging questions which fostered not only their learning experience, but ours as well," said Roggow.
These classes are just the beginning. Wellesley Island Border Patrol Station will host another Citizens Academy beginning the week of April 16.
If you are interested in attending future sessions of the Wellesley Island Station Citizens Academy, please contact Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Paul Corbett at (315) 482-7556.
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.