Washington: The Homeland Security Department
will use unmanned surveillance aircraft and other
technological upgrades in its ongoing effort to protect the
southern border of the United States.
The department said yesterday it has obtained Federal
Aviation Administration permission to operate unmanned planes
along the Texas border and throughout the Gulf Coast region.
Customs and Border Protection will base a surveillance drone
at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in Texas.
Homeland Security also said it is working with the Office
of National Drug Control Policy on "Project Roadrunner," a
license plate recognition system designed to seek out possible
And the department is collaborating with the Justice
Department to improve information sharing between state, local
and federal law enforcement agencies.
In a speech at the Centre for International and Strategic
Studies, a Washington think tank, Homeland Security Secretary
Janet Napolitano also announced a new partnership with the
Major Cities Chiefs Association. The agreement would allow
non-border cities to provide more assistance to state and
local law enforcement agencies that are on the border.