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News Release

September 13, 2013

Multi-Agency Initiative to Increase Law Enforcement Presence in Rio Grande Valley

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the launch of a multi-agency law enforcement initiative, which begins Sunday, to temporarily increase the patrol presence in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas to address several public safety issues.

Law enforcement has identified various criminal activities and unsafe driving behaviors in south Texas that has led to the launch of this short-term enforcement effort in the Rio Grande Valley.

“This intensified law enforcement initiative is based on proven strategies that enhancing patrols proactively deters dangerous criminal and traffic behavior,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

The significant criminal activity occurring in South Texas includes human smuggling and trafficking, drug smuggling, stash house operations and home invasions. Furthermore, law enforcement is concerned about the number of vehicle crashes as well as the increase of commercial vehicles operating on the roadways.

During this initiative, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will increase river, air and road patrols; and the DPS will enforce motor carrier regulations, and will establish regulatory checkpoints to ensure compliance with state driver license, insurance, vehicle safety and registration requirements.

“The objective of this initiative is to increase the safety and security of the people we have sworn to protect, so the public should not be alarmed if they soon see an increased law enforcement presence in the Rio Grande Valley area,” said Director McCraw.

Key agencies involved in this law enforcement initiative include the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department, Hidalgo County Constables Precincts 3 & 4, Mission Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas National Guard, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

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