DEL RIO, TEXAS—In conjunction with National Police Week, the public is invited to meet members of the local law enforcement community during the third installment of Del Rio's Law Enforcement Expo, May 16, 5-8 p.m.
"This is an excellent opportunity for local residents to come out and meet the men and women who make up the various agencies that keep our community safe and secure," said Rodolfo Karisch, chief patrol agent, Del Rio sector Border Patrol. "Last year more than 800 people attended the event, learning about what we do and how we do it."
The Expo, which is free of charge, begins at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Plaza del Sol Mall, 2205 Veterans Blvd., starting with a fallen officer memorial. During last year's event, Chief Karisch noted that during the previous year, law enforcement officers had died in the line of duty at the rate of one every 53 hours.
More than a dozen law enforcement organizations will be on hand to display and demonstrate the tools of their trade. Assorted specialized law enforcement vehicles will be on static display along with aircraft, boats, ATVs and horses. Also, specially trained canine teams from various agencies will demonstrate their skills. Snacks and beverages will be available while they last.
Participants in this year's Law Enforcement Expo include: U.S. Border Patrol, CBP Office of Field Operations (Del Rio port of entry), CBP Office of Air and Marine, Del Rio Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, SFDR-CISD Police, Laughlin AFB Security Police, Val Verde County Sheriff's Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Probation Office, U.S. Marshal Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, National Park Service, GEO Corrections, Del Rio Chamber of Commerce and KDLK/KLTO Radio.
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.