Friday, April 3, 2009
El Paso Safe in spite of Border Violence According to Sheriff Wiles
Sheriff Wiles was the guest speaker at Representative Susie Byrd's monthly Thursday morning breakfast yesterday. The Sheriff spoke about consolidating services between the County Sheriff's Department, the City of El Paso and other local municipalities. Consolidation makes some services more efficient and cost-effective.
He also discussed border security. Wiles speculated that, one of the reasons El Paso has remained so safe in spite of the violence in Mexico, is the fear the drug cartels have that the border might shut down if violence spreads into the United States. Sheriff Wiles praised the Obama administration for reviving a program to fund the hiring of new law enforcement officers for a period of 3 years. He also was encouraged by the administration's plan to put 100 new ATF agents along the border.
Representative Susie Byrd holds public meetings every first Thursday and third Saturday of the month. Thursday breakfast meetings are held at Tierra del Sol Restaurant, 4201 Alabama, at 7:30 a.m. The Saturday morning meetings continue at the Memorial Park Library, 3200 Copper, at 10:00 a.m.
She is currently running for re-election.