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The Security Committee collaborates on key security issues such as information sharing, technology and personnel with the common goal of preparedness, security and the smooth and continued flow of goods, services and people.

How To Get Involved

The Security Committee is for state, federal and local law enforcement agencies of the states of Arizona and Sonora only. The chairs of this committee will administer participation.

Arizona Co-Chairs

GilbertGilbert Orrantia Director Arizona Department of Homeland Security (602) 542-7013
Frank Milstead Director Arizona Department of Public Safety 602-223-2359

AMC Grant Project

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Current Action Items

Archived Action Items

Action Item 1

Due Date: December 31, 2014

Continue moving forward with a successful annual and mutually beneficial Bi-national training program designed to improve public safety operations.

Tactic A

Due Date: December 31, 2014
100% complete

Continued identification of training topics such as: Detection and Recovery of Stolen Vehicles, High Risk Vehicle Stops, Investigations and Officer Safety Tactics.

Steps Taken: Participating agencies both in Arizona and Sonora have taken steps to identify training needs within their respective agencies and have addressed those needs through the development of the mutually-beneficial binational training program.

Tactic B

Due Date: December 31, 2014
100% complete

Continue scheduling annual training dates and identifying training locations.

Steps Taken: A. Continued to identify "priority" training topics. B. Continued to update the schedule of training events at each plenary session for the periods between the Arizona and Sonora plenary sessions. C. Continue to perform scheduled training events between each plenary session. To date, the Security Committee has performed the following list of training events since 2012: 1. On April 24 and 25, 2012, AZDPS instructors provided training to 60 Police Officers from the State of Sonora Public Safety Police (PESP) on the following topics: the Identification and Recovery of Stolen Vehicles and Hands-on Basic Level Officer Safety and Arrest Techniques. 2. Through collaboration with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AZAG), the Sonora Attorney General Office (PGJE) received “Train the Trainer” type instruction on the topic of “Oral Arguments” throughout three different training modules that occurred on: April 23 – 26, 2012 (Preliminary), June 25 – 28 (Intermediate) and August 13 – 16, 2012 (Advanced). 3. AZDPS received instruction from PGJE investigators on the Identification of Fraudulent Mexican Documents as well as an Overview of Gangs and Organized Crime Trends by the PESP on September 5, 2012 in Tucson Arizona. 4. On April 16 – 18, 2013, AZDPS instructors provided Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) training to 30 officers from the PESP at the Instituto Superior de Seguridad Publica Estatal (ISSPE) in Hermosillo Sonora. The training was designed to improve Mental Preparedness and Basic Tactical Operations to address a variety of threats. The concept of team work was stressed throughout the training session so that students would recognize that successful operations are dependent on team work. 5. The Security Committee continues building the foundation for the future phases of the Binational Training Program. AZDPS instructors instituted a “Train the Trainer” approach for an Officer Safety training course that occurred on Nov. 11-13, 2013. AZDPS provided training to 22 PESP officers at the Hermosillo ISSPE. The training was geared towards the Concepts of Tactical Training and High Risk Vehicle Stops. The officers/students were specifically selected by PESP Commanders based on their status as current “Team Leaders” from throughout the State of Sonora. For student selection, an emphasis was placed on the qualities and potential of the individuals to assume responsibilities in the program. The PESP team leaders have been identified as the foundation for the Train the Trainer Program and are being trained to perform as future instructors for Sonora officers.

Action Item 2

Due Date: December 31, 2014

Continue working to improve information sharing between Arizona public safety organizations and Sonora public safety institutions.

Tactic A

Due Date: December 31, 2014
100% complete

Learn the capabilities and tactics of existing information systems (such as the C4 centers) to better understand their functionality and response to emergency situations as well as explore opportunities for information exchange with other binational workgroups, organizations and institutions.

Steps Taken: The committee has made several important and highly informative visits to the cities of Phoenix, Arizona and Hermosillo, Sonora with the purpose of visiting each state’s public safety headquarters and their respective supporting communications centers as well as to understand each other’s criminal information systems.

Tactic B

Due Date: December 31, 2014
80% complete

Continue working to develop provisional protocol models for formal communications between Arizona Public Safety organizations and Sonora Public Safety institutions.

Steps Taken: 1. The Arizona Department of Public Safety is developing a secure web-site which will be used for the exchange of law enforcement information. 2. The SSP has designed the technical aspects that will facilitate the formal communication between the two states using the website. The SSP has identified two conditions for the formalized information exchange (protocols). Based on these conditions, the SSP has been able to determine the technical aspects that appear on the screen according to the query type. 3. The PGJE following an agreement made at the summer plenary session held in the City of Tucson in June, 2012, will begin to receive and organize open source information regarding records of persons released from the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC). The PGJE has systematically analyzed the records and has categorized the details important to Sonora law enforcement regarding these individuals. 4. The Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Sonora Secretariat of Public Safety and the Sonora Attorney General’s Office have designed systems for the exchange of criminal information. Examples of the information included in the programs: a. Stolen Vehicles and b. Wanted Persons While the technical challenges in implementing these systems are straightforward, the legal and privacy policies are more complex. Both states are working with their legal staff to develop policies for both the release and the use of criminal justice information.

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Shared Alert SystemWhere: Arizona
What: The Region Communicates Through a Shared Alert System
Pillars: Advocacy
What Happened: The Emergency Management Committee continues to develop shared systems for cross-border alerts and notifications. In 2007, Arizona acquired a web-based alert and notification system which is now available to the State of Sonora and its communities. It is an advantage to emergency services providers as they work to prevent and respond to emergencies in the area.