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Local Citizens Graduate From Wellesley Island Border Patrol Station's Citizens Academy

Release Date: 
May 25, 2012

Grand Island, N.Y. - The U.S. Border Patrol's Wellesley Island Station graduated its second Citizens Academy class last night. The Citizens Academy, which held its first session on April 18, met every Wednesday night for a six-week period.

Community leaders from the New York State Parks, Antique Boat Museum, Uncle Sam's Boat Tours, Messenger Construction, Wellesley Island Building Supply, as well as other local organizations participated in this premiere experience.

Community leaders from the New York State Parks, Antique Boat Museum, Uncle Sam's Boat Tours, Messenger Construction, Wellesley Island Building Supply, as well as other local organizations participated in this premiere experience.

Community leaders from the New York State Parks, Antique Boat Museum, Uncle Sam's Boat Tours, Messenger Construction, Wellesley Island Building Supply, as well as other local organizations participated in this premiere experience.

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.

"The opportunity to engage in dialogue with local residents, business leaders and civic organizers about border security and how it affects our community continues to be an invaluable forum for the Border Patrol and the academy attendees," said Patrol Agent in Charge Matthew Roggow.

These classes are just the beginning; Wellesley Island Border Patrol Station plans to host other Citizens Academy in the future, including hosting one later on this fall.

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 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