CBP announces schedule for public informational classes

Published on Mon, Jan 2, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have announced plans to hold a seven-week citizens academy at which local residents can learn more about CBP operations.

The inaugural class for this course will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 30. The classes will be held at different locations throughout Whatcom County. Update: The first class will be held at CBP Blaine Sector Headquarters at 2410 Nature's Path Way in Blaine. 

From the CBP press release on the classes:

“Citizens Academy attendees will learn about the U.S. Border Patrol (between the ports of entry), Office of Field Operations (at the ports of entry), Office of Air and Marine (over land and sea), and their crucial mission of securing our Nation’s borders. The academy will also cover some legal and operational aspects to provide participants with a first-hand experience of the equipment used by CBP officers and agents every day.”

The last class is scheduled for March 12. Anyone interested in attending the classes must undergo a limited background check prior to being selected.

Registration is free, but seating is limited to 10 people for the entire seven-week course. Those not selected for the January 30 class will be placed on a waiting list for future academy dates. CBP representatives have already signed up 40 members of the public, so the seven-week course starting January 30 is full.

For for more information, contact the CBP Blaine Sector Border Community Liaison at 360/332-9255 or blwbordercommunityliaison@cbp.dhs.gov.


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