ROSEAU, MINN.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) recently sponsored an outreach event where students enrolled in 4th grade, ages 9-10, at Roseau's Independent School District 682 were provided a glimpse in the day of a working CBP officer.
Port Director Moorhead welcomed the students and informed them that they would be provided information about Customs and Border Protection and given some hands on demonstrations by CBP officers at the Roseau port of entry. The students were accompanied to the physical boundary separating Canada and United States by Supervisory CBP Officer Kristine Dokken. A highlight for many of the students was placing one foot in Canada and one foot in the U.S.
The students also received a tour of the Roseau port of entry, which included a demonstration of CBP's non-intrusive technology. CBP Officer Leelan Evans led students in a practical exercise where they were given an opportunity to use various tools to include use of the fiber-optic scope.
Intermediate Force Instructor (IFI) Jared Olafson talked about the different firearms and IFI devices CBP officers are trained to use in the course of their duties. The students were allowed to handle some of these devices which had been rendered safe by the firearms and IFI instructors.
CBP Agriculture Specialist Clinton Parsons provided look at the CBP agriculture mission and inspection process. This included a presentation of different pest interceptions acquired at the Roseau port of entry and the efforts put forth by CBP to protect the U.S. agriculture industry and safeguard the environment.
The Office of Border Patrol also participated in this event where agents from the Warroad Border Patrol Station provided a short presentation on the Border Patrol mission and available tools and technology utilized by agents.
"CBP is committed to the partnership between law enforcement and America's youth" said Roseau Port Director David Moorhead. "The officers at the Roseau port of entry thoroughly enjoy this annual event and we look forward to providing insight into the life of a CBP officer at the Roseau port of entry again next year."
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.