New task force aimed at fighting crimes against children

HARLINGEN – Federal officials on Wednesday announced a partnership with local law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley to pool resources to better investigate crimes committed against children.

Task force members include U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S attorney’s office, Cameron County district attorney’s office, the Harlingen and Brownsville police departments, the Cameron County sheriff’s office and the Brownsville Independent School District Police Department.

“We stand 100 percent behind this task force,” said Hector Leal, deputy chief of the Harlingen Police Department.

Homeland Security Investigations urges people to report suspected child predators or suspicious activity that involves endangerment to children by calling its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-ICE or by filing a tip online at

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