Ten teenagers from Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia who participated in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Law Enforcement Explorer Post #68 program receiving their badges at a graduation ceremony on May 7 at the Advanced Training Center, in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

The teens are the first to graduate CBP Law Enforcement Explorer Post. They engaged in a 10-week, 80-hour academy, which included training in CBP history, immigration and nationality law, arrest and search, report writing, use of force, firearms safety training, and arrest and control tactics.

“The Explorer Program provides a great opportunity for positive relationships between these kids and law enforcement,” said ATC Director Clark Messer. “The program gives the Explorers insight into what CBP and law enforcement does, helps to grow leaders within their own communities, and nurtures the interest that many of these teens have expressed in law enforcement.”

The next phase for these graduates will be to be to govern their post, with the supervision of Explorer Advisors. By continued hands-on training and mentorship, the Explorers will cultivate their leadership, communication, decision making and team-building skills. They will even participate in competitions with Explorer Posts all over the country.

The CBP Law Enforcement Explorer Program is open to young men and women with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other law enforcement agencies. The application process consists of completing a CBP Explorer Program application, a Learning for Life application, passing an oral board interview and graduating from the academy.

Applications for the next class are now being accepted, although a start date has not been set for the next Academy.

Any questions about CBP’s Law Enforcement Explorer Post 68 may be referred to Post 68 Advisor SBPA Jose De La Garza, Jr., 304-724-5907; jose.j.de-la-garza@cbp.dhs.gov) or to Public Affairs Specialist Christiana Coleman at Christiana.Coleman@cbp.dhs.gov.

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