Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison will host the next regional meeting of the Southwest Border Sheriffs’ Coalition, whose members will gather in Las Cruces Oct. 22-24 at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Conference Center.
Sheriffs departments from border counties in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas will be in attendance.
During the event, the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department also will receive a shipment of new equipment from Brooke Webster, president of the Reserve Police Officers’ Association.
The Southwest Border Sheriffs’ Coalition allows border-county law-enforcement agencies to network regularly and to share ideas related to the complexities and expenses associated with law enforcement on the border.
“Non-border counties really have no idea of the challenges we face as law-enforcement providers along the U.S./Mexico border,” Garrison said. “This coalition allows sheriffs in border counties to work together to lobby for federal assistance and program participation. We realized a few years ago that we could only attract additional resources by educating our lawmakers about the issues we collectively face related to drug-trafficking, human-trafficking, health care and violent gangs, among other pressing issues.”
The conference will feature vendor displays, elections of officers, committee meetings, committee reports, presentations and a roster of guest speakers, including Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M. and Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas. The conference will close with a news conference at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 24. (The location of the news conference will be announced later.)
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.