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Border Patrol conducts active shooter training for NM and Texas law enforcement agencies

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent apprehends his target through a classroom window during active-shooter training at Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School Aug. 9, 2017, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Those who participated in the training were given simulation weapons that shot rounds filled with washable paint. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez)
August 14, 2019

U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station hosted multiple law enforcement departments from the surrounding area for active shooter training.

Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge of the Sierra Blanca Station Abel Meza said, “Being able to host and train alongside with our state and local law enforcement partners is reflective of the unity of effort that we have to secure the communities in which we live and work.”

On July 19th, Hudspeth County Sheriff deputies, Border Patrol agents, along with a Texas Game Warden and a Texas State Trooper participated in a day long training event. The training taught the local law enforcement officers the basics of clearing rooms and addressing a threat in a tactical and unified manner. The law enforcement officers practiced their skills by clearing rooms in the local Sierra Blanca School while using simulation ammunition. School was not in session and the facilities were vacant during the exercises.

The training is part of Sierra Blanca local law enforcement partnership committee, which is made up of the local law enforcement departments. A group of 20 officers participated. The goal of the committee is to continue working together to identify and address incidents of high risk that may require a unified tactical response from the multiple law enforcement agencies that work in the area.

Big Bend Sector Border Patrol agents, patrol 517 miles of the southwest border, an area that extends from Sierra Blanca, Texas to Sanderson, Texas. The Sierra Blanca Station area of responsibility consists of more than half of Hudspeth County or about 2500 square miles.

The station is responsible for 73 border miles between the U.S. and Mexico. More than 10,000 vehicles travel through the Sierra Blanca checkpoint on a daily basis. The U.S. Border Patrol is made up of over 19,000 brave men and women who courageously secure our nation’s borders.


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