MIAMI – Two weeks of intensive training and practical experience in law enforcement-related disciplines culminated in a celebratory graduation for the class of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Explorer Post #99 Academy on July 24.
Nine academy participants were pinned CBP Explorer badges before their families and an audience of CBP personnel during a ceremony at Miami International Airport.
“I look forward to watching you grow and seeing you succeed,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston before personally congratulating each Explorer on the significant achievement. “This is a great opportunity to interact with the advisors and learn more about this organization.”
The CBP Law Enforcement Explorer Program is a work-based volunteer program for young adults interested in law enforcement. The program gives young people ages 14 to 21, the opportunity to learn about law enforcement careers first hand and serves as a stepping stone for a career in law enforcement. Explorers participate in community outreach activities which increases public awareness of CBP's mission and role in securing our borders and communities.
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.