MCALLEN, Texas — Over a dozen of Mexican federal police attended a seminar this morning along with U.S. Border Patrol agents, local law enforcement and the department of state’s bureau of international narcotics. The purpose is to share ways to tackle violence on both sides of the border.
Javier Rodriguez, Border Patrol Chief of Foreign Operations Branch, “They do a little bit of everything. They conduct river sweeps with us along the river as long as checking stash house and setting up checkpoints all that.“
In the three-day training mission, Mexican authorities will also learn about vital tactics. Navigating through difficult terrain and officer safety while combating organized criminal groups. Officials say this allows the relationship between both countries to strengthen.
“We have a river that’s a boundary. It divides us, but our relationship is strong. We have a strong relationship that we keep building on it. Because of that we will continue conducting this type of training twice a year.“ says Chief Rodriguez.
Mexican authorities participating in this training work along the border between Matamoros and Reynosa. Officials say they will continue rotating them allowing other officers to also learn about law enforcement tactics being used on the U.S. side.
Officials say the next set of officers will receive this training in six months.