Joint Customs and Border Protection Explorer Post Academy held in Brownsville

Joint Customs and Border Protection Explorer Post Academy held in Brownsville
Eddie Perez
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 7:25am

The Brownsville Port of Entry and the Fort Brown and Brownsville Border Patrol Stations hosted a two-week academy for 38 new Explorer cadets. This was the third time in as many years that a joint federal Explorer academy training has been held in Brownsville, Texas.

The training was conducted as a joint operation between CBP Field Operations and Border Patrol. The cadets were trained in numerous law enforcement scenarios that are based on actual training received by CBP officers and agents. There were physical training requirements such as a 1.5-mile run that had to be completed within 15 minutes, push-ups and sit-ups all designed to test the cadets' physical endurance and abilities.

“The hope is to introduce these young men and women into the CBP family. In the weeks, months and years to come these new cadets will learn how we as CBP protect our country at our borders and beyond. They will learn this first-hand from the men and women that have chosen homeland security not just as a career but as a service to our country. I applaud our new explorers and thank all of the officers and agents who volunteer their time to this tremendous program,” said David Higgerson, Director, Field Operations, Laredo Field Office.

“This is an excellent program that allows us to mentor young people while giving them the opportunity to experience firsthand what a career in law enforcement has to offer,” Chief Patrol Agent Kevin Oaks said. “In addition, the Explorer Program stresses service to the community, teaches discipline, builds leadership skills and instills in the participants respect for themselves and others. Ultimately it can help them achieve their full potential in life.”

The cadets also participated in a classroom component where they were introduced to criminal and immigration law, laws governing commercial fraud, use of force, officer safety and survival, and the history of CBP and the agencies that came together to form it. Of the 38 cadets that entered the academy, 29 will successfully complete the training, receiving a CBP Explorer badge and being welcomed into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection family and their respective Explorer Post. Explorer Posts are guided by a team of CBP officers and Border Patrol agents who collectively mentor these young men and women.

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