Agencies holding integrated citizens academy
EVENT: Integrated Customs and Border Protection Citizens Academy
DATE: Thursdays from April 18 to May 16
TIME: 5 to 9 p.m.
LOCATION: U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma Sector Headquarters Building, 4035 S. Avenue A, Yuma
The U.S. Border Patrol's Yuma Sector, Office of Air and Marine and the Port of San Luis will host an integrated Customs and Border Protection Citizens Academy beginning next month.
The program is designed to provide Yuma residents and community leaders an inside look into what it takes to secure the border — and between the ports — in southwestern Arizona. Several agents will be instructing various topics relating to the roles and responsibilities of each of the agencies.
Applications will be accepted until March 21. The citizens academy starts April 18 with classes meeting every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. for five weeks at the Border Patrol's Yuma Sector Headquarters Building, 4035 S. Avenue A.
Attendees will become familiar with CBP's mission and participate in interactive demonstrations such as defensive tactics, tracking and inspections for prohibited agricultural items.
Participants will also receive a border tour and learn about each agency's distinct roles and responsibilities as well as their integrated mission in securing the border.
The citizens academy is a physically demanding experience, so participants must be in good physical condition and be able to walk extended distances in unstable terrain. A limited background check is also required.
Applications are available at the Yuma Sector Headquarters, 4035 S. Avenue A, and at the Port of San Luis. The class will be limited to 20 participants, so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up early.
For more information, call the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office at 341-6559 or Supervisory Public Affairs Officer Teresa Small at 627-8854, Ext. 207.