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As attempts to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the country continue to rise, Encinal police officers gathered with other agencies last week to discuss effective strategies in hopes of intercepting the criminal activity more effectively.
Encinal Lt. Angel Esparza said the police department hosted a briefing recently with La Salle County sheriff’s deputies and Texas state troopers who have been assigned to work under the Operation Stonegarden and Operation Lone Star grant programs that direct officers to critical border regions and support overtime salaries.
The grant programs are designed to enhance cooperation and coordination between the US Border Patrol and local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the border.
“It was a quick shift briefing,” the lieutenant said. “We coordinated with each other about an enhanced multi-agency patrol that was to be conducted that evening.”
During the briefing, law enforcement officers were served a home-cooked meal by Lt. Esparza’s mother, Shelly Cantu.
“We truly thank you for the warm and delicious meals,” Esparza said.