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DPS BORDER OPERATIONS STATS ENDING DECEMBER 2016

Texas Border Security

December 2016

 

Strategic Intent

 

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will work with its local and state partners to provide direct assistance to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deter, detect and interdict smuggling along the Texas/Mexico border through the deployment of an integrated network of detection and communication technologies and an increase in ground, air and marine interdiction assets.

 

DPS will work with its local and federal partners and the Border Prosecution Unit to degrade the smuggling infrastructure used by the cartel plaza bosses to smuggle drugs and people into Texas.

 

The Texas Rangers will work with the Border Prosecution Unit and our federal partners to deter smuggling related corruption along the border by increasing the number of public corruption investigations, arrests and prosecutions.

 

DPS will work with its local and federal partners to target transnational criminal activity including drug trafficking, labor trafficking, sex trafficking and money laundering in key Texas transshipment and trafficking centers and other impacted areas throughout the state.

 

 

(I) DPS Deterrence and Detection Assets Deployed

 

DPS continues to enhance the level of detection coverage directly on the border with increases in tactical boats, the deployment of motion detection cameras, increases in camera installation capacity, increases in the number of helicopters capable of using FLIR day and night, assessing the viability of contracting for Aerostat coverage, acquisition of a high-altitude border surveillance aircraft, and the integration of all essential detection, tracking and communication technologies.

 

 

A.  DPS Maritime Assets

 

The State of Texas has deployed DPS and TPWD boats on the Rio Grande River to deter and detect smuggling activity.

 

DPS Boats Assigned to the Border:

 

Tactical Boats Deployed Pending Totals
Medium and Deep Water 6 6
Shallow Water 2 2 4
Extreme Shallow Jet 3 3
Total 11 2 13

 

Full-time Personnel:                                                                23

Personnel Temporarily Deployed to OST:                             19

Additional Overtime FTE Equivalents from working OT:       34

DPS Officers temporarily deployed to the border work 12-14 hour shifts with no days off to increase coverage.

Total Personnel Strength:                                                       76

 

 

B.  Ground Sensors

 

The State of Texas does not have motion-detection ground sensors; however, U.S. Border Patrol sensors are monitored by DPS Aircraft that receive direct alerts when activated, and DPS Aircraft provide confirmation and coordinate interdiction efforts.

 

 

C.  Detection Cameras

 

The State of Texas has implemented a camera detection program leveraging low-cost, high- capability motion-detection and low-light camera technology. Through this program, detections are immediately relayed to U.S. Border Patrol and DPS Command Posts, and directly to interdiction assets on the ground and DPS surveillance aircraft. The Texas Rangers and the

  • Border Patrol work closely together to dramatically expand the ability to detect smuggling events in real time through this

 

i.  DPS Installation Team

 

U.S. Border Patrol Technical Agents have installed and provided maintenance service for the vast majority of these cameras to date. Most recently, the DPS Special Operations Group has provided installation support to U.S. Border Patrol. To further increase capacity, DPS has established an installation team using Texas State Guard personnel.

Number of New Installations in Nov 2016:                             311

Texas State Guard Personnel Assigned:                                 16

 

ii.  Detection Cameras Deployed

 

4,103 detection cameras are currently deployed throughout the border region.

 

 

D.  Aerostats

 

Aerostats are buoyant balloons that remain tethered to the ground and are used to provide fixed long distance visual and radar coverage of an area. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) currently operate five Aerostats on the border in the Rio Grande Valley. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has requested that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provide CBP with five additional Aerostats to operate on the Texas-Mexico border.

 

  Deployed Pending Totals
Aerostats 5 (CBP) (DPS)* 5
Total 5 5

*DPS’ Request for Information to assess viability of the state contracting for increased Aerostat coverage is pending.

 

E.  Aviation Assets

 

The State of Texas has deployed DPS and Texas Military Forces aircraft to detect smuggling attempts along the Texas-Mexico border and to assist in interdicting those attempts. The fixed- wing aircraft receive direct alerts from U.S. Border Patrol ground sensors and DPS motion- detection camera activations, and the helicopters receive the DPS motion-detection camera alerts. All DPS aircraft can communicate directly with U.S. Border Patrol Agents and Troopers on the ground.

 

DPS Aircraft with Advanced Detection and Communications  

Deployed

 

Pending

 

Totals

Helicopters 9* 9
Mid-Altitude Fixed Wing 2 2
High-Altitude Fixed Wing 2 2
Total 13 13

*DPS helicopters in Longview and Waco have been reassigned to the border.

 

Pilots and Tactical Flight Officers Permanently Assigned: 26
Pilots and TFOs Temporarily Deployed to OST: 2
Additional Overtime FTE Equivalents from working OT: 1.35
Total Personnel Strength:

 

(II) Interdiction

29.35

 

Once detected, it is important the smugglers either be interdicted or denied entry, which requires a well-coordinated and timely law enforcement response that can only be achieved with a sufficient number of personnel staffed around the clock.

 

A. Troopers  
Troopers Currently Permanently Assigned: 804
New Permanent Trooper Positions Hired and Deployed: 250
Troopers Temporarily Deployed to OST from other areas: 172
Additional Overtime FTE Equivalents from working OT: 390
Total Trooper Strength: 1,366

 

B.  Cortina Units

Cortina Units are joint DPS and U.S. Border Patrol interdiction teams. Total Cortina Units                                                                                       21

C.  Tactical Operations

DPS Special Operations Group and U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations conduct joint tactical operations in remote and high-threat areas. The Texas Rangers oversee DPS tactical operations, which include Ranger Recon teams, the DPS Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, and six Regional Special Response Teams (SRT).

 

 

D. Logistics and Planning  
Logistical and Planning Experts Permanently Assigned: 4
Logistical and Planning Experts Temporarily Deployed to OST: 2
Total Personnel Strength: 6
 

E. Intelligence and Information Sharing

 

 

The Joint Operations Intelligence Centers (JOIC) centralize all of the border incident data across 53 counties and 171 law enforcements agencies to provide a shared view of the threat picture and trending patterns.

 

Joint Operations Intelligence Centers: 6
Texas Rangers: 2
DPS Border Liaison Officers: 5
State Guard Personnel: 35
HQ Intelligence Analysts Permanently Assigned: 5
Border Region Intelligence Analysts Permanently Assigned: 15
Intelligence Analysts Temporarily Deployed to OST: 2
Total Personnel Strength: 64
 

F. Communications

 
Communications Operators Permanently Assigned: 27
Communications Operators Temporarily Deployed to OST: 0
Total Personnel Strength: 27

 

(III)  Targeting the Smuggling Infrastructure

 

The arrests of members and associates of smuggling groups and criminal networks operating in the border region, such as cartel operatives, statewide and regional gangs, transnational criminal gangs, wanted and convicted felons, and criminal aliens, degrades the smuggling infrastructure and increases community safety.

 

Special Agents Permanently Assigned: 167
Special Agents Temporarily Deployed to OST: 25
Additional Overtime FTE Equivalents: 70
Total Agent Strength: 262

 

Inter-Agency Targeting Team (ITT): 5 U.S. Border Patrol Agents, 2 DPS Special Agents, 1 Trooper, 1 DPS Intelligence Analyst

 

 

(IV)  Targeting Border Corruption

 

The Mexican cartels seek to corrupt individuals and institutions on both sides of the border to support their smuggling operations. Successful investigations degrade the cartels’ smuggling ability and serves as an important deterrent to those who would betray public trust and the rule of law.

 

Texas Rangers Permanently Assigned*: 48
Texas Rangers Temporarily Deployed to OST: 7
Additional Overtime FTE Equivalents: 20
Total Personnel Strength: 75

 

*Texas Rangers also assist local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of major crimes such as homicides, kidnappings, robberies and sexual assaults.

 

1,126 FTE assigned personnel, 229 FTE temporarily deployed to OST personnel, plus 515.35 additional overtime FTE equivalents. DPS Officers temporarily deployed to the border work 12- 14 hour shifts with no days off to increase coverage.

 

Total DPS FTE support to OST Operations:                                      1,870.35

 

*Does not include the number of DPS Special Operations Group Personnel assigned to border tactical missions.

 

DPS Operational Activities

Criminal/High Threat Criminal Arrests in the Border Region

  Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) Operation total (6/14-11/16)
 

Texas Highway Patrol

High Threat Criminal Arrests* 341 1,974 4,310
Total Criminal Arrests 2,521 15,040 31,488
 

DPS Special Agents

High Threat Criminal Arrests* 76 535 1,560
Total Criminal Arrests 289 1,888 4,943
Texas Rangers High Threat Criminal Arrests* 44 274 661
 

DPS Total

High Threat Criminal Arrests* 461 2,783 6,531
Total Criminal Arrests 2,854 17,202 37,092

*Felony DWI, intoxication manslaughter and other serious traffic offenses, felony Offenses against the Family, as well as Illegal Alien detentions and referrals to U.S. Border Patrol, are not included in the arrest statistics above.

 

Public Corruption Arrests in the Border Region

  Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) Operation total (6/14-11/16)
Texas Rangers 10 59 93

 

DPS Marine Unit Operations

Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) 246
Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) 1,466
Operation total (6/14-11/16) 3,646

DPS Aviation Operations

Hours Flown Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) 455
Hours Flown Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) 4,067
Hours Flown Operation total (6/14-11/16) 12,336

 

DPS Tactical Operations

Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) 427
Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) 2,562
Operation total (6/14-11/16) 4,670

 

DPS Apprehension Support to U.S. Border Patrol

  Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) Operation total (6/14-11/16)
Illegal Alien Detections and Interdiction Assistance
Cameras 24,427 105,077 187,076
Aviation 506 3,610 10,986
Tactical Marine Unit 95 607 1,160
Illegal Alien Detentions and Referrals
Tactical Marine Unit 266 1,427 3,380
Texas Highway Patrol* 125 702 702
Total Apprehension Support to

U.S. Border Patrol

25,419 111,423 203,304

*DPS did not capture Texas Highway Patrol Illegal Alien Detections and Referrals prior to December 1, 2015 and is now being captured state-wide. Recent reporting may be lower than the actual amount due to a transition in the method of capturing the data.

 

Value of Drugs Seized by DPS in the Border Region*

  DPS Only
Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) $50,734,041
Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) $417,754,369
Operation total (6/14-11/16) $1,483,332,900

*These totals do not include seizures where DPS provided direct support to another agency.

 

Value of Drugs by Type by DPS in the Border Region* (6/14 – Present)

  Marijuana Cocaine Methamphetamine Heroin
DPS Only $1,167,822,225 $197,246,961 $87,105,018 $31,158,696

*These totals do not include seizures where DPS provided direct support to another agency.

 

Currency Seized by DPS in the Border Region*

  DPS Only
Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) $1,254,520
Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) $13,937,620
Operation total (6/14-11/16) $35,257,782

*These totals do not include seizures where DPS provided direct support to another agency.

 

Smuggling Trends

 

The Texas Legislature provides funding to centralize the collection and sharing of border incident data across all jurisdictions in the border region, which comprises local, state, and federal agencies across 53 counties and more than 171 separate law enforcement agencies in the border region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Border Patrol IA Apprehensions in the Border Region

FY 2017 (10/16-11/16)* 67,233
FY 2016* 275,685
FY 2015** 221,684

*Unofficial U.S. Border Patrol statistics. **CBP reconciled apprehensions. Data includes El Paso Sector, which comprises parts of TX and NM.

 

 

U.S. Border Patrol Family Unit Apprehensions in the Border Region

FY 2017 (10/16-11/16)* 24,112
FY 2016* 63,909
FY 2015** 32,949

*Unofficial U.S. Border Patrol statistics. **CBP reconciled apprehensions. Data includes El Paso Sector, which comprises parts of TX and NM.

 

U.S. Border Patrol Unaccompanied Alien Children Apprehensions in the Border Region

FY 2017 (10/16-11/16)* 11,320
FY 2016** 47,389
FY 2015** 31,109

*Unofficial U.S. Border Patrol statistics. **CBP reconciled apprehensions. Data includes El Paso Sector, which comprises parts of TX and NM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Value of Drugs Seized in the Border Region

Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) $783,688,421
Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) $5,243,297,480
Operation total (6/14-11/16) $15,662,497,882

Note: The above border region statistics represent local, state and federal seizures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency Seized in the Border Region

Last 60 days (10/16-11/16) $1,713,294
Last 12 months (12/15-11/16) $13,673,837
Operation total (6/14-11/16) $48,718,774

Note: The above border region statistics represent local, state and federal seizures.

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