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U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Offer Additional Citizens Academies in Whatcom County and on the Olympic Peninsula

Release Date: 
May 2, 2012

Blaine, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Pacific Northwest will host another seven week Citizens Academy in Whatcom County for local community members interested in learning more about our mission. While the next academy class in the Blaine area (begins May 15th) is already full, we are always taking applications for future academies including one planned on the Olympic Peninsula prior to the end of this year

Citizens Academy attendees learn about the U.S. Border Patrol (between the ports of entry), Office of Field Operations (at the ports of entry), Office of Air and Marine (over land and sea), and their crucial mission of securing our Nation's borders while facilitating trade and travel. The academy will also cover some legal and operational aspects of the CBP mission to provide participants with a first-hand experience of the equipment used by CBP officers and agents everyday.

The academy consists of one 2-3 hour class each week for seven consecutive weeks. Future classes will be conducted at different locations within Whatcom County and on the Olympic Peninsula in the Port Angeles area. The Citizens Academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Admission is free, but seating is limited for each seven week academy. Selection for each academy class is based on a first come first served basis. A limited background check will be conducted on each applicant prior to being selected.

If you would like to be considered for future classes here in Whatcom County or in the Port Angeles area, please contact the Blaine Border Patrol Sector, Border Community Liaison at: (360) 332-9255 or send an email to:

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021