WARROAD, MINN.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) recently sponsored an outreach event where students enrolled in 6th grade, ages 11-12, at Warroad's Independent School District 690 were provided a glimpse in the day of a working CBP officer.
Supervisory CBP Officer Jared Olafson 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 Warroad port of entry. A short video, "CBP Field Operations: Protecting America 24/7" was shown to the entire class prior to the group being divided into smaller groups where individual sessions were provided.
CBP firearms training officer Dorel Nelson and 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.
The students also received a tour of the Warroad port of entry, which included a demonstration of CBP's non-intrusive technology. CBP Officer Trevor Hammer led students in a practical exercise where they were given an opportunity to search a vehicle loaded with mock contraband.
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 Warroad port of entry and the efforts put forth by CBP to protect the U.S. agriculture industry and safeguard the environment.
"CBP is committed to the partnership between law enforcement and America's youth" said Warroad Port Director Brian King. "The officers at the Warroad port of entry thoroughly enjoy this annual event and we look forward to providing insight into the life of a CBP officer at the Warroad 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.