Texas DPS recently unveiled a new crime fighting tool for down on the Texas/Mexico border. THe fight against and human smuggling has taken the next step. Six new shallow water interceptors. Each at a cost of almost $600,000 fully equipped with armored hull, machine gins and armored glass. The funding was from both Federal grants and the Texas Legislature.
The newly formed Highway Patrol Tactical Marine Unit will eventually number 40 DPS officers. The team will work in coordination with local and federal law enforcement agencies and provide assistance as needed.
DPS will name each of the six vessels in honor of a fallen trooper. The one unveiled Thursday salutes Jerry Don Davis, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in Lubbock County on Oct. 5, 1980, after stopping a subject for a traffic violation. Davis had been a trooper less than 20 months and was stationed at Slaton.
The six boats will be deployed along the border in the coming months.