EL PASO, TEXAS—The U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector Emergency Planning Office (EPO), El Paso Sector International Liaison Unit (ILU) and Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional (CISEN) hosted a full-scale bi-national exercise today that involved federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies from the United States and Mexico.
"Exercise Secure Border," which took place along the international boundary at Border Safety Initiative (BSI) Marker 46, allowed exercise participants to test the effectiveness of their communications and response capabilities-all while responding to an international incident exercise.
The U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector provided a live feed of the exercise for all media outlets. The live feed was broadcast at the U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso Sector and the Communications Division Office. The collaborative exercise between the U.S. and Mexico enhanced and improved the unified response to international incidents that may occur along our international boundary.
Several agencies participated in the exercise, including:
United States Agencies
Government of Mexico Agencies
The exercise demonstrated the commitment of the law enforcement agencies along the border to keep the communities on both sides of the border safe, while safeguarding our nation's borders.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.