Local citizens graduate From Douglas Border Patrol Station Citizens AcademyBy Trisha Maldonado
Several local citizens and community leaders from Douglas, Elfrida, McNeal and Sierra Vista successfully completed the first Citizens Academy held by the Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol Douglas Station on Nov. 27.
The 15 academy participants received a behind the scenes tour of the station and learned the history of the U.S. Border Patrol, its mission, and the role that CBP U.S. Border Patrol plays in protecting the border.
Participants also learned about technologies utilized by Border Patrol agents as well as defensive tactics, maritime operations, and collaborative operations including the Integrated Border Enforcement Team and Operation Stonegarden.
Partakers were given lessons on the history of the Border Patrol; criminal and immigration law; tracking skills; firearms, as well as horse patrol and interdiction scenarios. The course is offered at no charge to any resident who would like to attend, and is an added opportunity for agents, assigned to the academy to foster community relations.
“Every academy evolves from the past one. The next academy will be better; we build on what we achieve. This class was diversified, it was an honor to teach this class,” CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Community Liaison, Edguardo Garyua said. “The important thing is that all the people who attended the academy enjoyed it. By all of the questions that were asked and participation I feel they did, we enjoyed doing all of these blocks of instruction.”
These classes are just the beginning; the Douglas Border Patrol Station will host another Citizens Academy in January.
If you are interested in attending future sessions of the Douglas Patrol Station Citizens Academy, please contact CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Community Liaison, Edguardo Garyua at (520) 805-8011.