COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has authorized a contingent from the Ohio State Highway Patrol to respond to Texas to assist local law enforcement with border surveillance.
The authorization comes in response to a request from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
A total of 14 OSHP troopers and supervisors will travel to Texas later this week. During this two-week assignment, the OSHP will not be tasked with making arrests.
Last week, Governor DeWine approved the deployment of 185 members of the Ohio Army National Guard to Texas to provide non-law enforcement support to the United States Custom and Border Protection.
The activation was made at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Guard Bureau (NGB). The service members will be deployed on federal Title 10 status in late 2021.
Approximately 115 members of the Ohio National Guard’s 1484th Transportation Company were previously deployed to support the Southwest Border operations at the request of DHS and NGB. These Soldiers currently remain on active duty.
Tuesday morning, DeWine explained why the Texas governor made the request.
“What happens at the southern border of the United States impact Ohio. I can tell you from eight years as the attorney general of this state that the vast majority almost all the drugs that are coming into the state of Ohio come across our southern border,” DeWine said.
First News reached out to the highway patrol Tuesday. For the safety of troopers they did not disclose if any from our area would be going to the border.