Bi-National Agencies Participate in Joint Exercise
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
- CBP's Office of Border Patrol
- CBP's Office of Field Operations
- CBP's Office of Air and Marine
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- ICE's Homeland Security Investigations
Government of Mexico Agencies
- Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional
- Instituto Nacional de Migración
- Secretaria de Gobernacion
- Fiscalía General del Estado
- Secretaria de Seguridad Publica Estatal o Protección Civil del Estado o Centro de Comando, Control, Comunicaciones, Computo, Inteligencia
- Secretaria de Seguridad Publica Municipal
- Procuraduría General de la Republica
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.