Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol and Pharr Police to Host Horse Patrol Graduation – Class 20
The City of Pharr Police Department and the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol will host a graduation ceremony for graduates of National Horse Patrol Certification – Class 20. The ceremony will be held at 11 am on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector located at 4400 S. Expressway 281 in Edinburg, Texas.
Media availability and photo opportunities will be available at the ceremony. Media must be in place no later than 10:45 a.m. Media kindly RSVP to [email protected] or [email protected] no later than close of business Wednesday, March 30, 2021.
Below is the media advisory from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol that we are providing as a courtesy to our media contacts:
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol and Pharr Police
Horse Patrol Graduation – Class 20
Who: Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol and Pharr Police Department
Event: Media availability/photo opportunity of RGV Border Patrol Agents and Pharr Police Officers graduating from the United States Border Patrol Horse Patrol Program
Date: April 1, 2021
Location: 4400 South Expressway 281, Edinburg, Texas 78542
On Thursday, April 1, 2021, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol will host a graduation ceremony for two Border Patrol Agents and four Pharr Police Department Officers who completed a joint-agency horse patrol certification. Class 20 is the second multi-agency class hosted by Customs and Border Protection. The collaboration is monumental for the City of Pharr Police Department. These officers are the first to be Nationally Horse Patrol Certified, since the creation of the Pharr Police Department in the early 1900’s.
Agents and officers endured a rigorous 4-week training program to successfully complete the certification course. The six graduates spent numerous hours in the classroom learning first-aid, feeding, housing, trailering, and how to properly care for the horses. As they advanced to on-the-job training, the group received instruction regarding field/river patrol, sign-cutting, riot/crowd control, and various job-related duties. The time spent with the horses allowed them to build a solid foundation and better understand the horse’s capabilities and limitations.
“Our new Pharr PD Mounted Unit will be very visible in our city. Our officers will be patrolling our neighborhoods and at many of our city events. I can’t wait for our community to meet them.” stated Pharr Police Chief Andy Harvey. Harvey went on to say, “We can’t thank our Border Patrol enough for training our officers. We are blessed to have a great relationship with our federal partners.”
Please join us in recognizing and honoring the graduates and instructors of National Horse Patrol Certification – Class 20.
- BPA Manuel Garza Harlingen Border Patrol Station
- BPA Danny De La Rosa Brownsville Border Patrol Station
- SGT Max Longoria Pharr Police Department
- Officer Gabriel Lopez Pharr Police Department
- Officer Luis Cardoza Pharr Police Department
- Officer Irving Segura Pharr Police Department