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NCJ Number: 164124 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Fighting Crime on the Southwest Border: A Progress Report
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice
Office of the Attorney General
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice
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United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Department of Justice's comprehensive plan initiated in 1993 to restore the rule of law to the southwest border of the United States has made significant progress by increasing Federal resources along the border and working closely with State and local law enforcement agencies.
Abstract: The border strategy has three central components: (1) unprecedented cooperation with local law enforcement, (2) effective prosecution strategies and enhanced penalties, and (3) strengthened border enforcement. Funding has been provided to hire more than 172 additional police officers in southwest border communities, as well as 579 Federal prosecutors and 1,264 immigration agents. These efforts have resulted in declines in serious crime, including a 30- percent decline in San Diego, Calif., a 5-percent decline in Nogales, Ariz., a 14-percent decline in El Paso, Tex., and a 20-percent decline in Brownsville, Tex. Prosecutions for the smuggling of aliens increased significantly during fiscal year 1995 in the five southwest border districts. Local law enforcement leaders and community residents support these efforts, and the Federal Government plans to continue to work with these communities to ensure their safety and security. Figures
Main Term(s): Policing innovation
Index Term(s): Border control; Federal aid; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations
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