Marfa, Texas - The U.S. Border Patrol Marfa Sector will host a Citizen's Academy beginning in August. The academy is an opportunity for citizens of the Marfa area to learn more about the Border Patrol and their mission.
The class will be limited to fifteen students and will begin on Thursday, August 5, 2010. The academy will run for five Thursdays. There will be one Saturday class at the end of the second week.
"This is an opportunity for citizens to learn specifically what we do and how we do it," said Chief Patrol Agent John J. Smietana, Jr. "It helps us as we work to accomplish our mission to secure America's borders to have citizens who understand why we do what we do."
The curriculum for the class will be specific Border Patrol subjects such as legal authority, strategy, firearms, vehicles, special operations, K-9s and others.
Each Thursday class will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last from two to three hours and will be held at the Marfa Sector headquarters on Madrid Street in Marfa. The Saturday class, August 14, will begin at 9 a.m. and last most of the day. Some classes will require limited travel. Transportation will be provided by the Border Patrol.
The class is limited to the first 15 people to sign up. To register, contact Bill Brooks or Sarah Villa at (432) 729-5200.
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.