More than 270 law enforcement agents gathered at The University of Texas-Pan American Monday, Nov. 3 for the Rio Grande Valley Gang Investigators Course - a three-day conference focusing on gang violence.
Law enforcement officials, parole and probation officers, prosecutors and investigators from across the Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi and San Antonio will be learning about different ways to fight gang violence and drug trafficking.
"The most important part about this training is the sharing of intelligence," said Steve Ibison, assistant special agent-in-charge for the FBI. "Together we are very powerful tools against gangs."
UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez welcomed all agents to campus during a press conference, and stressed the importance of unity among agencies and community involvement.
"As representatives of this University, we want to publicly pledge our support for all efforts to stop gang violence," Nevárez said. "We will work with you while remaining hopeful that today's gang members might get the guidance they need to become tomorrow's college students instead of tomorrow's prison inmates."
The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Texas State Attorney General, FBI's McAllen Intelligence Center, Drug Enforcement Administration, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the UTPA Police Department.