Joint Patrol of Bordering Waters by Texas Game Wardens and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agents

Many states share bordering waters often separated by an invisible state line. This line is viewed by some residents of each state as a way to elude the game wardens of each respective state. As law enforcement officers, we had to terminate pursuit or watch helplessly as a drunken boater or game law violator operated just across the line on the opposite bank. Lack of law enforcement created a dangerous environment for all persons. Frustration among law enforcement officers and lawlessness among boaters are often the case on bordering waters. Such was the case on the bordering waters of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana prior to May 1996, when Operation Bordersafe was instituted. The method used by Texas and Louisiana will be explained, followed by a description of the planning process, and a discussion pertaining to the important role that the press and public relations plays in the success of such a project. A report of the results of the operation are included for the years 1996 and 1997.

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