Tucson, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol hosted a seven-day academy at Pinal Air Park in Marana for 13 Border Patrol Explorers during the first week of August.
Explorers from Post #125, Nogales Station and Post #456, Douglas Station received training similar to that Border Patrol agents receive at the United States Border Patrol Academy. The training is designed to give young people information on Federal law enforcement careers and professions. It also provides interaction with others who share the same goals and interests. It develops self-discipline, patience, and encourages youth to make the most of educational opportunities. After completing the seven-day academy, graduates from Explorer Posts #125 and #456 received certificates from Nogales Station Patrol Agent in Charge Leslie Lawson for their successful completion of the Explorer Program.
The first Border Patrol Explorer Post was established in Laredo, Texas, in 1984. Since that time, the Border Patrol Explorer program has offered community youth, ages 14 to 20 years old, an opportunity to engage in law enforcement-related training and competitions. The Border Patrol Explorer Program has since grown to become the largest Law Enforcement Explorer Program in the United States with more than 700 Explorers and 40 active posts within California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, Michigan, North Dakota, and Montana.
The Border Patrol Explorer program offers community youth the opportunity to engage in law enforcement-related training and competition as well as participate in an organization that contributes to the betterment of the local community.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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.