Border Community Liaison Programs Engage Local Communities

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Texas Border Business

EDINBURG, Texas – Throughout the Rio Grande Valley Sector, Border Community Liaison (BCL) agents continue to provide support for local community events and outreach programs.

On Friday, Harlingen BCL agents attended the grand reopening of Wal-Mart in San Benito, Texas, where they collected school supplies for local students with their annual “Fill the Boat” campaign. The event brought together several members of the community, city officials and other law enforcement agencies.

That same day, the Weslaco Border Patrol Station concluded its annual Explorer Academy. Weslaco Explorer Post 964 welcomed eleven new explorers to their ranks. The Explorer academy consisted of a ten day academy where the new explorers participated in various trainings and received their certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. 

On Saturday, Weslaco agents, along with the Weslaco Explorer Post 964, volunteered their time and participated in a chicken plate sale to benefit Mission Police Department Corporal Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericueta’s family. Corporal Espericueta was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call in Mission, Texas.

Yesterday, Brownsville BCL agents participated in the Beauty in God’s (BiG) Heroes outreach event. BiG Heroes is a non-profit organization that provides continued education for young adults with intellectual disabilities after high school. Participants interacted with agents assigned to the All-Terrain Vehicle unit and the Border Patrol boat unit. Additionally, the student received a demonstration by a Border Patrol K-9 to showcase how agents and canines work as a team in the field.

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