Texas Border Business
HARLINGEN, Texas – The Harlingen Border Patrol Station Border Community Liaison (BCL) Program hosted its first Family Border Patrol Academy graduation.
On August 1st, Harlingen’s BCL Program held a graduation ceremony for the 11 family members of current and former Border Patrol Agents (BPA) who successfully completed the Family Academy. The seven-week academy incorporated a range of activities and trainings to include a quick line tour of the Harlingen Area of Responsibility, Use of Force demonstrations, firearms familiarization, basic first aid and presentations by the Special Operations Detachment and the All-Terrain Vehicle unit. The academy also included a tour of the Centralized Processing Center lead by Acting Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge, Oscar Escamilla.
Each family member took time out of their summer to participate in the academy and were able to leave with a better understanding of what agents go through on a daily basis. Harlingen Station’s Patrol Agent in Charge, Henry Leo, addressed the graduates and thanked them for their hard work throughout the academy. The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch also congratulated the participants on their achievement.
If you would like to request information on Border Community Liaison programs, please contact the Border Patrol station nearest you, or the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Community Liaison Office at 956.289.5686.