Posted: 11:10 p.m.
Saturday, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne met with officials from MCAS Yuma to learn about the new technology law enforcement is using to secure the international border.
Media were not allowed in the briefing for security reasons, but Gosar and Horne tell News 11 they are pleased with how different law enforcement agencies in the Yuma sector work together to secure the border.
"The Yuma sector is an example of spectacular success--more personnel, a big fence, infrastructure so they can get to places like roads when people are crossing, technology, and so on," Horne said.
Although Gosar and Horne said they believe the Yuma sector is safe, they said this is not the case in other areas of the Arizona-Mexico border.
They call the Yuma sector a model for border security--one they hope to replicate elsewhere.
"Here there's prosecution," Gosar said. "So people know that if people are committing an offense, that you're going to be prosecuted. And that's a little bit different than what you're seeing in the Tucson sector.
Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot was also in on the briefing with state and federal officials to share what he believes is working well locally.
"We have a communication system where every agency and every officer can talk one-on-one, real time, to each other and not have to have that message relayed," Wilmot said.
Gosar and horne said they may suggest a hearing to share the information they have learned in Yuma with other regions.