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Customs & Border Protection Citizens Academy Invitation

Applications accepted until February 1

YUMA, Arizona Ė Officials from Yuma Sector Border Patrol, San Luis Port of Entry, and Air and Marine Operations will host an integrated U.S. Customs and Border Protection "Citizenís Academy" from February 6 through March 6 in Yuma.

This program is designed to provide Yuma County business, civic, religious and community leaders, as well as interested residents, an inside look at how CBP secures the border at and between ports of entries in southwestern Arizona.

Participants will become familiar with CBPís mission and each componentís distinctive roles and responsibilities to secure Americaís borders. Participants will tour the border and have an opportunity to volunteer in interactive demonstrations, such as tracking, search and rescue, self-defense, firearms tactics, and inspections for prohibited agricultural items.

The class will meet every Tuesday night from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Applications are available at Yuma Sector Border Patrol Headquarters, 4035 S. Avenue A, Yuma, Arizona, and the San Luis Port of Entry, Highway 95 & International Border in San Luis, Arizona.

Participants are urged to sign up early due to limited space. Applications will be accepted until February 1. A limited background check is required.

Questions can be directed to Yuma Sector Border Community Liaison Office at 928-341-2967 or CBPO Anica Zacarias at 928-627-8816.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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