The Laredo Sector Border Community Liaison (BCL) Program presented at Mary Help of Christians School’s Annual Career day on February 13.
Border Patrol agents educated Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, fourth and sixth grade students about the various duties that an agent is responsible for in the United States Border Patrol (USBP). Included was also an overview of the various programs at the USBP. The students were able to experience the USBP Ballistic vests by physically wearing them giving them the experience of the weight and temperature that comes with wearing vests daily. The agents also had the opportunity to educate the youth group about the dangers of smuggling and other illicit activity.
Students asked about the requirements to become a Border Patrol agent along with what an agent goes through at the Border Patrol Academy. They were also informed about what an agent faces and the efforts involved in securing our Nation’s borders and keeping our communities safe on a daily basis.
Students were interested in all aspects from level of education requirements, to what rewarding aspects working for the agency were. All students participating in the program were highly encouraged to complete their education and be law-abiding citizens of their community.