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Threat of Border Violence Giving Former Police, Military Officers More Work

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Posted: Feb 20, 2012 6:28 PM

Updated: Feb 20, 2012 10:17 PM

MISSION - A retired Mission police officer is getting back to work. He sees an opportunity for those who need to stay safe on either side of the border.

Retired federal agents, former Navy Seals and Green Berets are available to protect you in Mexico. You just have to be ready to pay up.

Joe Cruz knows about the deteriorating conditions across the border.

"It's continuing in Mexico. It's not going to get better. It's gradually going to increase. And with the elections, it's going to be a big difference," says Cruz.

Cruz is continuing his mission to protect and serve following his 19-year law enforcement career. He's established a group called Sogops in McAllen.

"My personal experience working the streets here, with informants and then working overseas for two years gathering resources and training, it's a hard circle that comes with our experience," says Cruz.

Cruz says the market for his services is growing. People on both sides of the border go to him asking for protection. He provides a network of agents and bodyguards.

"It's going to be a huge market. It's just a growing need that people are going to want," says Cruz.

Protection comes with a price. Expect to pay nearly $200 an hour.

"One thing that we try to emphasize is the risk is there. Be on the reactive side. Do something about it before anything happens," says Cruz.

Cruz keeps an arsenal of weapons and equipment, some available to the public.

"We do have counter-surveillance sweep bugs to look for hidden microphones. That is our other option," says Cruz.

He has others too sensitive to put on display. The list of clients is also top secret, but he says it's growing. They're people who cross the border and want their own bodyguards.

Cruz will soon expand his operations. That could mean selling and servicing armored vehicles. It's another demand that's quickly spreading in the Valley.

Topics: Mission, mexico, border violence, protection, security, bodyguards, sogops

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