Tucson, Ariz. - Today, officials from the Department of Homeland Security within U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of State transferred equipment to the Government of Mexico's Secretariat of Public Safety during a ceremony at the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector Headquarters. The equipment consists of All Terrain Vehicles, motorcycles, Global Positioning System units, flashlights, mountain bikes, binoculars and other enforcement tools, obtained from the State Department's Narcotics Affairs Section.
These critical resources will enhance groundbreaking cooperative enforcement efforts between the governments of the United States and Mexico. Specifically, the equipment will be deployed for border security operations in areas that have been previously inaccessible and assist in providing an increased presence of law enforcement personnel on both sides of the border. In conjunction with these new assets, CBP will also provide training to SSP officers that include: ATV operations; tactical and medical techniques; detecting and intercepting contraband; and GPS training. These enhancements will allow the SSP to more effectively patrol border areas as both governments work together to increase safety and security for citizens who live along the border.
"We know that the resources and training we are providing today will have a positive impact on border security for both the United States and Mexico," said Chief Patrol Agent Victor M. Manjarrez, Jr., Tucson Sector. "This equipment will allow us to effectively implement a mirrored enforcement strategy on the border and enhance public safety for communities in both of our nations."
The transfer of equipment is in alignment with the Declaration of Principles of Cooperation signed by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and Mexican SSP Genaro García Luna on February 18th. This cooperative agreement was created to help both governments better secure the U.S.-Mexico border by sharing information about transnational threats while streamlining legitimate travel and trade.