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They are ready at a moment’s notice and when they are needed the most.

As many commemorate fallen police officers around the country

We ask, how is law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley affected?

Flags are at half staff in the valley, in the state and across the nation.

This year many honor fallen police officers, the latest victim was an ambushed officer out of San Antonio.

It seems that this year hostility towards police is at all time high, but aside from the national headlines, do local officers feel the hostility?

Wally Gonzalez, Former police chief for Port Isabel says, “there’s no hostility. If there is it is very rare. It usually comes after an arrest is made.”

This year, the Rio Grande Valley joined several movements such as Black Lives Matter. A movement dedicated in highlighting race inequalities.

“I would tell all of my officers, ‘you are here to serve this community. To make sure this community safe,’” says Gonzalez.

After speaking with various police departments off camera, they basically had a similar message.

The valley does not seem have a deep hatred towards the police community. Police hears the national headlines. It is a topic they discuss.

San Benito Police Chief Michael Galvan says, “if we’re not taking care of each other how do we take care of the community.  It goes hand in hand. in return there is support from the community.”

For any police officer across the country, everyday could be their last. However they knew this going into the field.

“Some days you are a counselor, some day’s you’re chasing bad guys, out there directing traffic, some days you’re on paperwork,” says Galvan.

Their goal is to serve and protect the community.

Most law enforcement agencies will have personnel on standby during this holiday break.

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