The El Paso County Commissioner's Office signed a proclamation paying tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for their roles in making El Paso, Texas, the safest city in the nation per capita. The signing took place at the El Paso County Courthouse on Feb. 11.
According to the recent CQ Press City Crime Rankings for 2012-13, El Paso was named the "safest large city" in the nation with a population of more than 500,000. These rankings are based on yearly data provided by the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. El Paso has maintained this status consecutively for the past three years, and since 1997 the city has been named in the top three as one of the safest cities nationwide.
"I am proud to be part of a law enforcement community that has been successful in impacting the safety of the citizens that we serve," according to Scott A. Luck, chief patrol agent of U.S. Border Patrol, El Paso sector. "Our employees take pride in securing our nation's borders against all threats," he added.
Representatives from various agencies were invited to attend the ceremony at the El Paso County Courthouse to receive the recognition, and U.S. Border Patrol representatives were present for the signing. The official proclamation recognized local and federal law enforcement members as well as the community for what was described as their tremendous contribution to public safety.
"Every day CBP officers at the El Paso port of entry identify and stop smugglers, illegal immigrants, fugitives and other violators who pose a risk to our community," said acting El Paso Director of Field Operations David Higgerson. "Their hard work is keeping El Paso, and the nation, safe."
The proclamation reads, "the collaboration between the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, El Paso Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection amongst other federal law enforcement agencies and our community partners has resulted in the achievement of maintaining one of the lowest-crime rates in the United States."
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.