AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today accepted an award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Thomson Reuters, which recognized the Texas Border Security Operations Center (BSOC) for implementing the successful Operation Drawbridge program. Operation Drawbridge is a program led by DPS, the border sheriffs, and U.S. Border Patrol, who install and monitor motion-detecting cameras located on farms and ranches near the Texas/Mexico border.
“We are honored to accept this award, and are proud of the BSOC and the accomplishments of Operation Drawbridge, which has enabled us to monitor illegal activity along the remote areas of the Texas border,” said DPS Director McCraw. “Operation Drawbridge and the dedication of the men and women of the sheriffs’ offices and U.S. Border Patrol in the border region are helping to make Texas more secure every day by working together and leveraging technology.”
Operation Drawbridge has resulted in the apprehension of approximately 4,000 individuals and 10 tons of narcotics since January 2012. Operation Drawbridge is fully operational today with hundreds of cameras located along the border. For operational security purposes, the exact number and location of the cameras are not available.
“The IACP congratulates the Texas Border Security Operations Center for their innovative program,” said IACP 1st Vice President Yost Zakhary, who is also chief of the Woodway Department of Public Safety. “The law enforcement community must constantly seek new and efficient ways of protecting and serving the public, and this project is a prime example of that.”
“The Fraud Prevention and Investigations business of Thomson Reuters is proud to stand with the IACP to say ‘well done’ to the Texas Border Security Operations Center for their excellence and ingenuity in the planning and execution of Operation Drawbridge,” said Andy Russell, vice president, Fraud Prevention and Investigations, Thomson Reuters.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement, addressing cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. Thomson Reuters Fraud Prevention and Investigations, which sponsors the award, offers powerful public and proprietary records with tools for fast, immediately usable results.
The cameras involved in Operation Drawbridge are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by the Texas Fusion Center, Texas Border Security Operations Center, DPS Communications and U.S. Border Patrol.
Last month, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples awarded a $225,000 grant to DPS to expand the successful Operation Drawbridge program.
For more information on Operation Drawbridge, visit: http://www.dps.texas.gov/PublicInformation/operDrawbrdg.htm.
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