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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson sector of the Customs and Border Protection agency kicked off the first day of their citizen's border patrol academy with about a dozen students on Thursday.

The Border Patrol Citizen's Academy aimed to give everyday people a glimpse into the life of a border patrol agent by taking them out into the field, and onto the front lines of the border security battle.

The citizens who were selected for this crash course came from all walks of life. Some were students, others spouses of citizens, some ranchers who live near the border, and some who were simply curious.

"I've been in interested in immigration issues. I am pursuing my PhD in Sociology and have focused a lot on immigration issues," said Jessie K. Finch, a student at the University of Arizona.

"My husband is an agent, I'm really interested to see what he does and I want to be supportive of him," said Wendy Lourenco, the wife of a border patrol agent.

Over the next eight weeks, the students will get to do hands on activities in the field. They will witness mock scenarios with traffic stops, use of force, and also get to check out the latest technology used by the Department of Homeland security.

"This is an opportunity to tell them some of the challenges we as agents face out in the field," said Supervisory border patrol agent Frederick McGrew.

Every student undergoes a background check before they are selected. There is a graduation ceremony at the end of the 8-week course.

If you were not selected for this academy, border patrol agents encourage you to apply again. The next citizens border patrol academy will begin this fall.

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