Earlier this year officials with the Calexico and Mexicali police departments reached an agreement that called for improving communication between the departments. The goal was that through improved communication, criminals could no longer so easily cross the border and escape authorities.
That agreement was put to a test Wednesday when seven men, including six accused murders, escaped from a jail in Mexicali. According to Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr, Calexico police were informed of the prison break as soon as Mexicali police agencies.
That communication allowed Calexico police to mobilize quickly in case the escapees attempted to cross the border. The spirit of cooperation between the agencies was also seen Thursday when Mexican state police joined Calexico police officers and the county Sheriff's Office to search two homes in Calexico where the escapees were thought to be hiding.
While the escapees were not found in the homes, it is that kind of joint effort that is to be hailed and can improve the quality of law enforcement on both sides of the border.