ARTESIA — The U.S. Border Patrol Academy wishes to extend an invitation to the general public to participate in a Citizens’ Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

The Citizens’ Academy is designed to give members of the community an opportunity to experience what it takes to become a Border Patrol agent. The academy will commence Thursday, April 11, and continue for six consecutive weeks.

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For the first four weeks, class will be held each Thursday from 6-8 p.m. During these classes, participants will receive an overview of the rigorous training prospective Border Patrol agents must successfully complete. During Week Five, there will be a day-long field trip, where participants will witness and experience training in progress to see how it relates to operational duties performed by Border Patrol agents in the field. The sixth and final week will encompass an overview of the history of the Border Patrol and a graduation ceremony for the participants.