Border School Training Conference Held in California
Border School was held 26-27 June 2012 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Sponsors of this training were the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LA HIDTA) in coordination with the Southwestern Border Sheriff’s Coalition, Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition, Coalition for a Drug Free California, and Chabot Strategies, LLC.
The training conference was attended by over one-hundred representatives from local, state, and federal police in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas as well as cleared personnel engaging in US national policy formulation. Topics addressed included Mexican cartel history and symbol identification; the role of plazas (illicit economy distribution points into the US); cartel use of physical violence (torture/killing), psychological operations taking place in Mexico and the spillover into the US; linkages between transnational gangs, the cartels, and terrorist organizations; international (black market) cartel weapons sources; the early years of gang enforcement on the streets of Los Angeles; and countermeasures and response strategies derived from law enforcement operations and use of technology.
A public corruption panel was convened to address how to identify cartel takeover of cities within the United States through the corruption of individual public servants, US law enforcement, politicians, and judges. A special evening screening of the documentary Drug Wars: Silver or Lead and a question and answer session with the producer and other panelists also took place.
The speakers at the training conference were Sgt. Richard Valdemar, Ret. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD); Dr. Robert Bunker, Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (LA HIDTA); Dr. Paul Chabot, Chabot Strategies, LLC; Sheriff Sigi Gonzalez, Southwestern Border Sheriff’s Coalition; Donnie Reay, Texas Border Sheriffs’ Coalition; Rusty Fleming, Drug Wars producer; Mr. Ian Rainsborough, Chabot Strategies, LLC; and Sheriff Larry Dever, Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition.
Key high points and lessons learned from the training conference were as follows:
Border School will be held in El Paso, Texas on September 22, 2012. Over five-hundred attendees are expected. There are discussions about Border School returning to California later in the fall.
For US law enforcement, governmental, and military inquiries, contact Mrs. Pam Faraone, Director, via <firstname.lastname@example.org>. For information on this and other counter-narcotics/counter-cartel training programs in Southern California go to www.lahidtatraining.org.