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Securing Borders and Saving Lives

September 5, 2012 at 14:04

Law enforcement officers patrolling the Texas-Mexico border have their work cut out for them attempting to staunch smuggling and other illegal activity along the 1,200-mile border. So, the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol’s Marine Tactical Unit is taking a new approach to secure the line and prevent illegal goods, persons and property from crossing into the US.


In many areas along the border, the two countries are separated only by the narrow and winding Rio Grande River, where in some places it is close enough to swim across in a matter of minutes. To combat the violence, the Texas DPS recently purchased gunboats that were designed and modified by to provide the crewmembers with protection using ballistic armor panels custom-built by PROTECH® Armor Systems. The armor panels were engineered to fit seamlessly into the design of these shallow water interceptors to help protect officers patrolling the border. PROTECH, part of Safariland,® was proud to have been a part of this project to help secure our borders and exemplify Safariland’s motto: Together, We Save Lives.

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