Eight Graduate after Completing Eight-Week Course
UVALDE, Texas – Uvalde Border Patrol Station, along with their local law enforcement partners hosted a Citizens Academy, graduating eight, Dec. 3.
“The Citizens Academy gives our fellow community members an opportunity to have positive personal interaction with our agents and local law enforcement officials,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “On behalf of the men and women of Del Rio Sector, I want to thank everyone who attended, and our law enforcement partners for their effort and dedication to making this event a success.”
Local citizens in the Uvalde area participated in an eight-week course, hosted every Tuesday. Students participated in interactive lessons including signcutting, K-9 demonstrations and field operations. This year local law enforcement including Texas Department of Public Safety, Uvalde Police Department, and the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office instructed courses such as first aid, citizen interaction, and evidence collection. Other sessions included Del Rio Sector’s BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) and BORSTAR (Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue) teams demonstrating the specialized equipment they use.
Activities such as these help promote the relationship between agents and other members of our communities. Citizens Academies are held several times a year throughout Del Rio Sector. Members of the public, over the age of 21, are encouraged to apply when academies are announced.