Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Community Liason Team Engaging in the Community
MISSION, Texas – The Rio Grande Valley Border Community Liaison (BCL) Team met with a youth group from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church from Austin, Texas at Anzaluas Park in Mission, Texas, on Wednesday; and attended the Prevention Awareness Team of Hidalgo County (PATH) planning meeting at the Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court on Thursday.
The youth group was in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) volunteering at different nonprofit centers such as the local food bank and flood relief centers. Their goal was to meet with Border Patrol to get a firsthand perspective of what is going on in the RGV Sector. The BCL team informed the group of the many challenges that are encountered daily out in the field and introduced them to the RGV Horse Patrol Unit. The RGV Horse Patrol Unit answered questions from the group and provided a demonstration of some of the tactical maneuvers utilized out in the field.
RGV Sector agents were given the opportunity to participate in PATH’s planning meeting. PATH is a committee established for area law enforcement, educators, and non-profit drug free coalitions. PATH creates support for service agencies whose missions are to increase community awareness through outreach and trainings that educate the public about the opioid epidemic, prescription drugs, and all forms of substance abuse. The overarching goal of this committee is to create safe neighborhoods and reduce the crime rates in Hidalgo County. Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol will be participating in this effort and will be taking part in their first training conference on October 4, 2018.
The Rio Grande Valley Border Community Liaison Team continues to remain engaged with the community and its youth. If an organization would like to reach out to the BCL team for future events, please call (956) 289-5686.
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.