CBP Offers An Academy To Educate The Public


POSTED: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 9:33am

UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 5:47pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection held their second media class today. Brownsville's CBP is the first to implement an academy of it's kind in the nation.

"I think it's important because of the more people that know what we do, and that see the importance behind it, I think it's a good thing for CBP and for our community," said CBP Field Operations Supervisor, Eduardo Perez.

CBP started hosting classes for the media and citizens in hopes of educating the public about the importance of exactly what their job entails.

"It's great and it gets our word out and it lets people know that we're here. We're here to serve the community in which we work and we're here to protect them as much as we can."

Officer Perez says after brainstorming Director, Mike Freeman and the team came up with the academy to inform the public of their duties.

"He was looking at new innovative ways of getting our media and our citizen stake holders involved in knowing what we do and how we do it and the importance behind it, and we thought of showing our local stake holders what we do, how we do it and everything that goes behind the scenes as to why it's important to do the job we do."

The academy, designed for media and citizens ranges from an overview of their job to a more in depth, hands on process. Some examples include inspection sites and the key indicators they keep watch for, the vehicle x-ray process and the procedure for further inspecting an individual.

Perez says that the three branches of CBP, which include Field Operations, Air Marine and Border Patrol are commonly mistaken for one another, but they each serve a unique purpose.

"We're all in it for the same end product or the end result of protecting our country, but we all do it in different areas. More and more we're integrating and all working in each other's areas, so that we can protect our country and show our experience to each other, so that way we can continue to protect the country in every which way we can."

The Media Academy started in Brownsville, but is now being implemented in other parts of the country, like Baltimore, Chicago and the Laredo ports of entry.

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