BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Border Patrol is conducting Citizens Academies this summer, at the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Border Patrol Stations. The academies provide residents an opportunity to learn about the U.S. Border Patrol, its role in the community, and open a quality dialogue with participants.
The Border Patrol Citizens Academy program is a free outreach program designed to educate members of the public and stakeholders in the Border Patrol mission, why we perform it, and how it is executed. Participants will learn about Border Patrol’s history, legal authority, mission, operations, and partnerships. Attendees receive approximately 15 hours of instruction, tours, and hands-on training from Border Patrol agents.
The Border Patrol stations have completed their first academies of the summer and are currently accepting participants for the next classes. The academies run for six consecutive weeks, three hours per session, with the final session concluding with a graduation ceremony for participants.
“Our Citizens Academies are a great way for the public to have a better understanding of what, how and why we do the job that we do, “ said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Kevin Radke. “We are proud to be part of the Western New York community, and look forward to hosting as many people as possible.”
Both stations are scheduled to conduct three academies during the summer. Participants must be 18 years of age and older, and submit an application that involves a criminal background check. Residents interested in attending may call Border Patrol Agent Dean Mandel at the Buffalo Border Patrol Station at 716-862-7000, or Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Kevin Radke at the Niagara Falls Station at 716-285-6444.
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.