The Immigration and Naturalization Service on Friday honored 41 law enforcement officers who serve on the Border Crime Prevention Unit, a unit made up of San Diego police officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Each officer received a miniature of the Statue of Liberty and a letter of commendation from INS Commissioner Alan C. Nelson. Nelson said the unit, formed in January, 1984, has been very successful.
"To date, there have been 81 arrests and 33 convictions of border bandits," Nelson said.
San Diego Police Chief William B. Kolender praised his officers, whom he said serve on the most violent beat in San Diego.
"We as police officers have a legal, as well as a moral commitment, to protect people from harm within the city limits of San Diego," Kolender said.