El Paso Mayor John Cook met today with Jurez Mayor Jos Reyes Ferriz, along with officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Office of Border Patrol, Jurez Municipal Police, and the head of the Chihuahua State Police to discuss patrolling policies and procedures on both sides of the border, El Paso city officials announced Monday afternoon.
Cook and Reyes Ferriz affirmed “that our border joins our two communities together and that we have a symbiotic relationship,” according to a City of El Paso news release.
The two mayors asked that citizens on both sides of the border allow the FBI to complete their investigation of recent events.
Law enforcement officials present at the meeting agreed that it is important to coordinate programs and communicate closer on both sides of the border.
El Paso Sector Border Patrol Chief Agent Randy Hill has instructed his agents to exercise appropriate restraint without compromising personal safety or national security to avoid another incident, according to the news release.
Reyes Ferriz has committed additional resources to patrol the Mexican side of the border and agreements were reached to put additional emphasis on juvenile offenders.