US Border Patrol Gets Help From Local Police

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The U.S. Border Patrol is getting some extra help watching the line with Canada in Vermont and upstate New York with help from local and state police officers in both states.

A Border Patrol program called Operation Stone Garden uses officers from sheriffs departments and state and local police agencies who work during their off hours and are paid overtime by the federal government to watch the border.

The Border Patrol reimburses local agencies for the use of their equipment.

The Caledonian Record says the $60 million nationwide program could last three years.

Border Patrol Spokesman Mark Henry says local and state officers can qualify to work the border by receiving special training from the Department of Homeland Security.

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