to fight armed combatants with paramilitary skills and weaponry. However, in Perry's assessment of local law enforcement as the "on the ground experts," he may have failed to assess their true strategic capabilities and actual plans for the deployment of human and physical resources. Furthermore, Perry was quick to point out that "border security is a federal responsibility," yet he noted that Texas has an obligation to protect its citizens.
It was in December of 2006 when Mexico's new president, Felipe Calderon, stepped in and found a homeland besieged with violence as criminals terrorized cities and murdered people with impunity.
In Texas, Perry’s plan was n
ot much less than a bottomless pit that allocated a few million dollars in criminal justice grant funds for "local officer overtime." Local governments cringe when they hear the word overtime over and over again; this while they also consistently hear that there is not enough manpower. Overtime can create a greater workload for officers, and their safety and the safety of others becomes a concern. Though these officers may make more money, they can become less efficient in highly stressed situations and with the constant need for clear thinking. Along these lines, it is not always how many police officers you have but what those officers actually do and accomplish while they are in the field.
Perry was on target in asking for money to improve radio communication along the border, and for multiagency proactive policing initiatives. Although money does not plug every dike, Perry soon learned the importance of effective and strategic