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Mexican police officers visit Amarillo

Dr. Harry Heuston, associate professor of Criminal Justice, West Texas A&M University Dr. Harry Heuston, associate professor of Criminal Justice, West Texas A&M University

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - A new partnership is in the works between Mexican police officers and Panhandle law enforcement.

For the next week, West Texas A&M University will host several officers from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. They'll learn about the criminal justice system in the panhandle.

Monday, the officers toured the Clements unit where they observed prison security in the States.  At Amarillo College's Police Academy, the officers learned how Amarillo citizens become officers.

This partnership developed, following several visits from WT students and professors to San Miguel de Allende.

Professors tell NewsChannel 10,  with the area becoming more and more populated with Hispanics its necessary for Amarillo agencies to connect with the community.

"It's important to understand the culture of our neighbor in Mexico.  Its important to understand their criminal justice because we will have contact with a number of first generation Mexicans right now." said Dr. Harry Heuston, associate professor of Criminal Justice at West Texas A&M University.

The police officers were supposed to visit last summer, but due to finances they were unable to make it. Both agencies say, this may be the first visit, but they hope it is not the last.

Tuesday,  the Amarillo police department will train the visiting officers on SWAT tactics.

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