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Citizens Academy on Border Patrol work to be held

Because of increased interest in border protective operations, the U.S. Border Patrol announced Thursday that a Citizens Academy will be open free of charge to anyone interested in learning about the agency’s history, mission and operations.

The academy will run each Saturday for six weeks beginning at 6 p.m. May 16 at the agency’s Buffalo Station at 600 Colvin Woods Parkway in the Town of Tonawanda with a formal graduation ceremony there on June 20.

Each session will run two to three hours and cover the agency’s history, mission and operational aspects as well as dealing with immigration and criminal law and the rules of the agency on the use of force on the job. Admission applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and must be filed with the agency by May 8. Those interested are asked to contact Supervisory Agent Randy Friess at 716-862-7000.