AUSTIN (March 18, 2010)--Gov. Rick Perry ordered Texas National Guard helicopters to the border Thursday to support law enforcement efforts to block spillover of Mexican border violence into Texas.
Perry's office said Thursday the Texas Military Forces OH-58 Kiowa and UH-72 Lakota helicopters, which are part of the initial phase of his spillover violence contingency plan, will fly between Brownsville and El Paso, but their "number and exact location will not be disclosed for operational security purposes.
The aircraft will complement those already deployed to the border by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“As we continue to increase our resources and personnel along the border to combat the threat of spillover violence, we are deploying multiple Texas Military Forces helicopters to the Texas-Mexico border to increase aerial surveillance,” Perry said.
“These resources, along with Texas Department of Public Safety aviation assets, are vital to gathering information from a bird’s eye view and relaying important intelligence back to local, state and federal law enforcement on the ground to ensure the safety of our citizens.”
The contingency plan also calls for increased border surveillance, timely sharing of intelligence information, increased presence on the ground and in the air and increased helicopter operations along the border, the governor’s office said.
DPS SWAT Teams and Trooper Strike Teams, as well as Ranger Recon Teams were on standby, along with other resources.
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