Texas To Create Online Border Patrol System
Operation Rio Grande, which uses law enforcement officers in Texas to help secure the state’s border with Mexico, will receive $20 million in funding from the state of Texas over the next two years. This funding will help pay for an online-based border watch program in which images from high-tech surveillance cameras along the border can be viewed over the Internet.
“By leveraging advanced video technology and the power of the World Wide Web, and with an increased financial commitment from the state of Texas, we can make our border stronger and our nation safer,” said Perry.
The $20 million will also help pay for body armor, night vision goggles, four-wheel drive vehicles, and overtime for officers.
Perry criticized the federal government for not doing enough to protect the southern border, explaining that he is requesting an additional $100 million from the state to keep Operation Rio Grande operational until the federal government fulfills its border security responsibilities.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (CA) (06/05/06) .