LE Summit: Collaboration and partnership for effective, efficient justice, says DA

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EDINBURG – Law enforcement officials and staff from more than 35 departments and agencies in Hidalgo County attended the second annual Law Enforcement Summit, which was held Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Mission Event Center.

The free, day-long training conducted by the county’s Criminal District Attorney’s office, was an opportunity for the law enforcement community to come together and share valuable information and resources on how to successfully protect and serve the citizens of Hidalgo County. Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. said the focus was on what is needed to ensure that investigations and arrests result in successful prosecution.

“Our inaugural event in 2018 was a great success and served to enhance our partnerships while providing informative training to our law enforcement partners across the region,” Rodriguez said. “We aim to continue this relationship with our Hidalgo County law enforcement agencies in order to work cohesively and bring justice to those we represent.”

Among the agencies in attendance were the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office; Hidalgo County Constable offices; Texas Department of Public Safety, South Texas Region; Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; local Police Departments; and ISD, College, and University Police Departments.

Division Chiefs and staff from the DA’s Special Crimes, Intake, Felony, Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Civil, and Check Fraud divisions, as well as from the Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking units, each presented sessions in their specialties. Based on the feedback received from the inaugural event, the DA’s office tailored this year’s summit to delve deeper into how law enforcement agencies deal with juvenile, mental health and domestic violence cases.

Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra commended the DA for bringing all the agencies together in a collaborative effort.

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 “As law enforcement officers, it is our job to provide the District Attorney’s office with everything they need to successfully reach a guilty verdict,” said Guerra. “The presentations stressed the importance of law enforcement agencies providing clear and precise reports in order for the DA to better prosecute cases.”

As the new Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director, Victor Escalon welcomed the opportunity to discuss procedures and initiatives with fellow law enforcement agencies and the DA’s office.

“The Division Chiefs and their staff made themselves available to us during the summit,” said Escalon. “This provided everyone with an open dialogue and an environment to collaborate on the proper steps to take when investigating our cases.”

Rodriguez said the annual summit will continue to grow.

“Our goal was to bring the law and the order sides together to show them that we each have the same goal of achieving effective and efficient justice,” said Rodriguez. “That can only be done if both sides collaborate and work together.”

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