BLAINE, WASH.—On March 12, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Pacific Northwest graduated 14 citizens from the inaugural citizen's academy held in Whatcom County. CBP utilizes the academy to educate local community members about our mission of keeping the homeland safe from cross-border threats while facilitating legitimate commerce and travel.
Citizen Academy attendees learned about the U.S. Border Patrol (between the ports of entry), Office of Field Operations (at the ports of entry), Office of Air and Marine (over land and sea), and their crucial mission of securing our Nation's borders. The academy also covered legal and operational aspects and provided participants a first-hand experience with the same equipment used by CBP officers and agents everyday.
Citizen Academy participants attended seven consecutive Monday evening sessions that started on January 30, 2012. This was more than just a classroom education. Participants found themselves on walking tours of local CBP facilities and a trail hike to the border area in the Columbia Valley. They were also briefed on the various tools an agent/officer has available on their belts to deal with a wide variety of situations that could confront them on a daily basis.
If you are interested in attending future sessions of the CBP Citizens Academy in the Whatcom, Clallam, or Jefferson County areas, please contact the Blaine Border Patrol Sector, Border Community Liaison at: (360) 332-9255 or email@example.com
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.