Blaine, Wash. -- Beginning January 30, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Pacific Northwest will host a seven week Citizens Academy in Whatcom County for local community members interested in learning more about our mission.
Citizens Academy attendees will 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. The academy will also cover some legal and operational aspects to provide participants with a first-hand experience of the equipment used by CBP officers and agents everyday.
The academy consists of seven consecutive Monday evening sessions beginning January 30 through March 12, 2012. Five sessions will be conducted from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and two others will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The classes will be conducted at different locations within Whatcom County during the seven week period. The Citizens Academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Admission is free, but seating is limited to 10 people for each seven week academy. Those not selected for this class will be placed on a waiting list for future academy dates. This will be the inaugural class for the region, with plans for future classes in Whatcom County and on the Olympic Peninsula.
A limited background check will be conducted on each applicant prior to being selected. If you are interested in attending the CBP Citizens Academy and are able to commit to attending all seven weekly sessions, please contact the Blaine Border Patrol Sector, Border Community Liaison at: (360) 332-9255 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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