Police chief in Texas sends officers to U.S.-Mexico border for training

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OAK RIDGE NORTH, TX – There’s been a lot of talk about the crisis down on Texas’ border, and one police chief is tired of the talk. Oak Ridge North Police Chief Andrew Walters is ready for action.

He’s been sending officers from his town, about 45 minutes north of Houston, to train right in the hot zone at the Texas-Mexico border.

“We’re not trying to stop the porous border, we’re not try to do anything more than just simply protect the people in our city the best way we know how,” Walters said.

The chief’s idea is that first-hand experience at the edge of Texas will prepare his force to deal with any issues that make it to our neck of the woods.

“The officers came back with a lot of surprise how things are done down on the border,” he said. “They came back with a tremendous amount of  knowledge on criminal practices down there, how they operate and what to look for.”

Walters’ exchange program has caught the attention of Texas state representative Brandon Creighton, who’s trying to help it grow.

“He’s actually gone to other chiefs of police and talked about the program himself from the political end,” Walters said.

With his proactive plan, this chief is taking an old motto to heart:  an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.