U.S. Customs and Border Protection announces Citizens Academy

Yuma, Arizona - 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 April 18, 2013.

The program is designed to provide Yuma residents and community leaders an inside look into securing the border – at and between the ports – in southwestern Arizona.  Throughout the course, 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 component’s distinct roles and responsibilities as, well as their integrated mission to secure America’s borders.

Class will meet every Thursday evening for five weeks. The Citizens Academy is a physically demanding experience. Participants must be in good physical condition and be able to walk extended distances in unstable terrain. A limited background check is required.

Applications are available at the Yuma Sector Headquarters, 4035 South Avenue A, as well as at the Port of San Luis.  The class will be limited to 20 participants, so please sign up early. For more information, contact the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office at (928) 341-6559, or Supervisory Public Affairs Officer Teresa Small at (928) 627-8854, extension 207. Applications will be accepted until March 21, 2013.