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If you are between 14 and 21 years old and want to know what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer then the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Law Enforcement Explorer Program might just be what you are looking for. The Explorer Program concretizes the partnership that the CBP wants to have with America’s youth. It provides practical training and hands-on experience in the areas of criminal justice and law enforcement. Young Explorers can join in federal enforcement-related activities within the CBP.
Training for participants of the Law Enforcement Explorer Program prepares them for a career as one of the elite agents who serve as guardians of our nation’s borders. Activities include assisting with passenger processing and crowd control at airports and seaports; observing and assisting with surveillance operations; observing vessel searches; taking field trips; and attending the Law Enforcement Explorer Conference, among others.
Explorers gain exposure to federal law enforcement careers and professionals through these activities as well as understand the unique aspects of the CBP law enforcement system. They also become informed of the career requirements to become a CBP. Training also gives the participants opportunities to develop their self-confidence and self-discipline while helping them establish and achieve their educational and self-improvement goals. In fact, several law enforcement agencies of the federal government give Explorers scholarship opportunities.
The CBP as an organization also benefits from the Program. This is because young Explorers give CBP personnel the opportunity to identify potential law-enforcement career candidates. Moreover, the CBP also gets to know the young people in the community through the program while involving them in activities that increase the effectiveness of the agency’s personnel and helping them accomplish their mission of keeping the borders safe.
To become an Explorer, you must be between 14 to 21 years old and attending high school or college. You must also maintain at least a C grade average and have an interest in law enforcement. You must be able to obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to participate in the program. If you want to learn more about the program, you can fill out an Application Form found in the CBP website (http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/explorer_program/explorer.xml) and send it by mail to the Customs and Border Protection Explorer Program Post Advisor in your state.
If you have always wanted to become a law enforcement officer but are not yet sure if this is the career path you want to take, joining the CBP Explorer Program will certainly help clarify your goals for you. The practical training and hands-on experience will help you decide if becoming a Border Patrol Agent (BPA) is something that you want to do for the rest of your life. If you don’t want to be assigned in the frontlines but still want to work for the Customs and Border Protection agency, there are a lot of critical support and research roles that you can also apply for if you’re ready. You will get inside knowledge on what these are and the qualifications you need to have to increase your chances of employment by joining the Explorer Program.