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2014-09-18

DPS releases border security trends, recent activity

Special to the Courier

Previously, the Texas Legislature requested that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) provide a summary that can be released to the public concerning border incidents. This summary would also include a data report regarding historical trends of crime along the Texas-Mexico border, as well as current criminal activity in the Operation Strong Safety (OSS) area of operation.
In response, DPS has developed a "Texas Border Security Dashboard" and a "Summary of Significant Border Incidents" - both of which are unclassified and will be updated periodically.
At the direction of Texas leadership, DPS and partner agencies began conducting OSS on June 23 of this year in a combined local, state, and federal law enforcement effort to combat the Mexican cartels and other criminal elements operating along the Texas-Mexico border.
During OSS, DPS continues to conduct around-the-clock land, air and maritime saturation patrols in coordination with law enforcement partners in the region to deter, detect and disrupt drug and human trafficking, and other related criminal activity. At the direction of Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas National Guard has also deployed to the border and is supporting the mission of OSS.
"The goal is to deny Mexican cartels and their associates the ability to move drugs and people into Texas, as well as reduce the power of these organizations, whose success depends on their ability to operate on both sides of the border," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "DPS is providing unclassified, detailed information about the trends that have been developing along the border for some time, as well as the current activity occurring in the OSS area of operation."
Mexican cartels remain the most significant organized crime threat to Texas. Seven of the eight cartels operate command and control networks in the state, moving drugs and people into the United States and transporting cash, weapons and stolen vehicles back to Mexico. In short, an unsecure US-Mexico border is a state and national security problem.
To view the "Texas Border Security Dashboard," visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/PublicInformation/documents/borderSecDshbrd.pdf and to view the "Summary of Significant Border Incidents," visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/PublicInformation/documents/sumSignificantBrdrIncidents.pdf.