U.S., Mexican authorities train together to combat border violence

Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas ⁠— For the next three days, federal state and local authorities will meet with their Mexican counterparts to discuss ways to combat organized criminal activities along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

“We have criminals operating on both sides of the border, we already exchange information,” said Javier Rodriguez, assistant chief of the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector. “We already work together so we have to maintain that open dialogue.”

Training at the binational training conference ⁠— already underway at the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office ⁠— is focused on keeping Mexican officials up to date with security concerns in the border regions, and sharing best practices and experience.

“To develop the relationship between the men and women in this room, so they can get to know each other, call each other and they can rely on each other,” said Jose Gutierrez, a political/economic officer for the U.S. Department of State.

Not included in this week’s training is the new Guardia Nacional, which was formed to protect the U.S.-Mexico border on the Mexican side. However, once they’re on board, organizers say they will include them in the training once they go to the south Texas region.

“Several courses are going to be taught here,” Rodriguez said, “First of all, land navigation. We’ll be utilizing GPS equipment to follow tracks and also tactical room entries. How to go into different buildings and utilize tactics. Lastly how to use First Aid, carrying equipment to administer First Aid out in the field.”

The agents and officers taking part in the conference agree criminal organizations do not respect laws, limits, or jurisdiction. Their goal is to work together for the safety of their citizens.

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