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Advanced Training Center Open House for Law Enforcement Explorer Program
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Advanced Training Center (ATC)
in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. will host an open house Wednesday, Nov.
15 from 6–8 p.m. for young men and women in the community to learn
more about the CBP’s Explorer Program.
CBP Law Enforcement Explorer Post #68, located at the ATC, is open to high
school and college students between the ages of 14 and 20. Participants of
the program complete a ten week, 80-hour academy, which includes training in
CBP history, immigration and nationality law, arrest and search, report
writing, use of force, firearms safety training, and arrest and control
“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
Graduates of the academy will be given management positions in order to
govern the post with the supervision of Explorer Advisors. This cultivates
the Explorers’ leadership skills, communications skills, decision making,
and team building. After finishing the academy, Explorers will continue on to
more in-depth hands-on training, after which they will compete against other
Explorer Posts. Competitions consist of reaction to law enforcement
scenarios, job knowledge testing, application of proper tactics, techniques,
and procedures, and attention to officer safety.
Explorers also assist in many community events in order to promote pride in
their communities and serve as volunteers where needed.
The first academy class graduated ten Explorers last April and the class
consisted of students from Washington High School, Jefferson High School,
Blue Ridge Community Technical Center, and Spring Mills High School.
Those wishing to apply need to complete a CBP Explorer Program application, a
Learning for Life application, and pass an oral board interview.
Any questions about CBP’s Law Enforcement Explorer Post 68 may be referred
to Post 68 Advisor SBPA Jeremy Farner, (304-885-5586;
firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Public Affairs Specialist Christiana