Spotlight on community

The Pembina Border Patrol Station will be very active over the next few weeks as they host an Open House on June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also bring a new initiative to better reach the communities they serve in the form of a Citizen’s Academy.

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Posted on 5/28/16

By Melissa Anderson

“The goal of this academy is to foster a relationship between the participating agencies and the local community by providing a venue where we may interact face to face.,” Bryan Magers, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent at the Pembina Station, said.

The United States Border Patrol(USBP) is the mobile, uniformed law enforcement arm of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security. While the Citizen’s Academy will largely be hosted by the USBP, it is a corroborative multi-agency venture. Including the USBP, there are four agencies that will be presenting during the Citizen’s Academy. These include Air and Marine Operations (AMO), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO), and the Cavalier County Sheriff’s.

“We feel that the Citizen’s Academy will be an excellent opportunity for citizens to gain a greater understanding of CBP, the environment in which we work, and what it takes to become an officer/agent,” Magers stated.

The Citizen’s Academy is designed to provide citizens insight into the daily operations of CBP, a first-hand look at what it takes to become an officer/agent, and a better understanding of how CBP and local law enforcement work  together to secure the border and keep communities safe.

Citizen’s Academy participants will attend a series of courses that will take place in both a formal classroom settings and hands-on practical exercises. There will also be one day dedicated to CBP’s Firearms Training Simulator, which is used for officer/agent scenario based training.

“Participants will have the opportunity to experience a life-like law enforcement scenario and exercise what they have learned throughout the Citizen’s Academy,” Magers stated.

Upon successfully completing the Citizen’s Academy, participants will be more aware of what they can do to assist CBP and local law enforcement in the accomplishment of their missions.

“The hosting agencies would like to see the maximum amount of participation possible during this opportunity,” Magers said, ”But due to the nature of the material being presented, the handling of sensitive law enforcement equipment, and access to government facilities, there will be a vetting process required by those who wish to attend.”

The Citizen’s Academy will be a five week course that will be conducted every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting on June 21 and ending July 19. The first  four sessions of the Academy will be hosted at the North Dakota State University Langdon Research Extension Center with the July 19 spent at the Pembina Border Patrol Station.

Starting on June 1, interested participants can get an application to attend the Citizen’s Academy at the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Office in Langdon. Interested participants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applications must be completed and returned to the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Office by June 11 with those selected receiving notice by mail.

For more information about the Citizen’s Academy, please contact Bryan Magers at 701- 330-1200.