Fairfax, VA – A pair of K-9 teams from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector won several medals at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games on Saturday and Sunday.

Agents Cruz Esquivel and Noe Bazan of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) along with K-9 Billy-B and K-9 Basco-D traveled to Virginia to showcase the expertise and professionalism of the RGV Sector’s “Patrol” Canine program, which was created to give Border Patrol agents another tool to quickly deescalate violent situations.

The teams competed in four categories: obedience, agility, handler protection and search; with an overall award being presented as well. The RGV Sector agents brought home awards in every event as well as in the overall category, for a combined total of 10 medals. The success of these K-9 teams reflects highly upon the exceptional quality of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Canine Program as well as on the hard work and dedication of the K-9 handlers.

The Rio Grande Valley Sector is part of the South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity, call the sector’s toll-free telephone number at 800-863-9382.

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