August 25, 2012 4:28 PM
Yuma Sun

Yuma-area residents will be able to find out firsthand what it takes to secure the border during an integrated Citizens Academy beginning Oct. 4. The academy is being hosted by the Yuma Sector Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection stationed at the U.S. Port of Entry at San Luis.

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 organization's distinct roles and responsibilities as well as their integrated mission to secure America's borders.

The classes will be held every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Border Patrol's Yuma Sector Headquarters Building, 4035 South Avenue A.

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 also required. The class will be limited to 20 participants.

Applications are available at the Yuma Sector Headquarters building and the San Luis entry port.

For more information, contact the Yuma Sector Public Affairs Office at 341-6559, or (520) 519-7047. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 7.

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