U.S. law enforcement authorities, seeking to avert a spillover of drug violence from Mexican border cities, are cautiously trying new cross-border cooperation with the Mexican federal police, reports the New York Times. The efforts will include coordinated operations and expanded intelligence sharing.
U.S. officials said they had been encouraged to try joint programs because Mexico had shown a new openness to U.S. assistance and had allowed more direct American involvement in training and background checks of Mexican police officers. Leaders in both countries recognized that working separately, they were losing ground against increasingly aggressive and bloody Mexican drug trafficking and immigrant smuggling organizations. U.S. Border Patrol agents have since September conducted parallel daily patrols with the Mexican federal Public Security police along an 80-mile stretch of the border around Nogales, Az.