Over 40 local leaders from both cities attended the forum to discus issues that affect the border towns. "Que cuando haya un fenomeno natural y principalmente una inundacion, hacer un comando de incidente en comun de ciudades hermanas." Director of the Civil Protection Department Juan Ernesto Rivera says he attended to speak about a contingency plan for both cities to work together if a natural disaster takes place like the flood in 2010. Other local leaders planned to discuss the one topic that has citizens of both sides of the border worried on an everyday basis. One of the main topics during this conference is the increasing border violence and a possible spill over to the U.S. side, but that's something some local leaders say is already here.
"The spill over crime that we have encountered for the past seven years in the Laredo Police Department and the local agencies. They're successful in identifying some internationally known zeta assassins. We've dismantled some of the sales in here. They were embedded in our community."
The city of Laredo is one of the largest ports of entry, making it a desired spot for drug trafficking. To avoid allowing more of this organized criminal activity to be established in the City of Laredo and nuevo Laredo authorities are already working together.
" The fact that we continue to coordinate with Mexican authorities as well as our state local, and federal agencies in the united states to work together to identify issues, concerns and of course mitigate them."
"La policia de Nuevo Laredo es la Policia Militar y la Policia Estatal que la denominamos Seguriad Tamaulipas. Mucha gente todavia no se acostumbra a este termino, que la seguridad de Nuevo Laredo es una Policia Militar y en eso estamos trabajando."
Nuevo Laredo's Mayor Benjamin Galvan says Mexican Military and State Police patrol our sister city in a security effort named "Seguridad Tamaulipas" and assures they are working on the issue. Carolina Garcia Pro8news.