OSWEGO, N.Y. — The Oswego, N.Y., U.S. Border Patrol Station concluded its first ever Citizens Academy October 2 with the graduation of four local citizens.
These citizens come from various occupations, including business leaders, religious leaders, local legislators, and 911 dispatchers.
Border Patrol established the Citizens Academy program to provide local residents an opportunity to learn more about the Border Patrol and its role in our community. Through 15 hours of instruction, tours and hands-on training, the public learns about the Border Patrol’s history, legal authority, mission, operations, technologies, and partnerships.
The Citizens Academy strives to create an environment that encourages open dialogue between the instructors and the participants.
“We are pleased to introduce the Citizens Academy to the residents of Oswego and surrounding communities,” said Pstachu Kohut, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Oswego Station. “It is long overdue, roundly welcomed, and a vital component to developing mutual trust and support between our agency and our agents, and those with whom we are charged with protecting.”
The Citizens Academy program is free.
The next Oswego Station Citizens Academy is planned for Spring 2015.
Interested parties must be 18 years of age and older, and must submit an application that involves a criminal background check. Those interested in attending are encouraged to call the Oswego Falls Border Patrol Station at (315) 342-7017.
The U.S. Border Patrol is the mobile, uniformed law enforcement arm of U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for securing U.S. borders between ports of entry. The Border Patrol was officially established on May 28, 1924 by an act of Congress to respond to increasing illegal immigration.
Please visit Border Patrol's webpage to learn how we secure America's borders.
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.