BISBEE, Ariz. (03/01/2023) – Since 2017, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office has operated the Southern Arizona Border Regional Enforcement Team (SABRE), which uses cameras to monitor known drug and human smuggling corridors for criminal activity. Members of the Arizona National Guard assigned to the SABRE program can then dispatch law enforcement personnel to investigate when needed. Since its inception, SABRE support has assisted in detecting 116,700 undocumented aliens, apprehending 37,423 undocumented aliens and arresting 437 alleged drug smugglers. Hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs including methamphetamine have been seized.
With the National Guard personnel set to depart in March 2023, SABRE is now poised to continue for the next five years as a self-sustaining program employing local recruits following agreement on an $18 million grant from Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), at no cost to the taxpayers of Cochise County. This agreement, approved at the regular Board of Supervisors meeting on February 7, fully funds six sworn peace officer positions and 28 civilian positions for a period of five years, as well as much-needed upgrades to equipment and supplies.
The impact of 34 quality jobs on the local economy in the form of these stable and well remunerated positions is great news for the Cochise County community.
Sheriff Mark Dannels expressed appreciation for the work of the Arizona National Guard team on the SABRE Program:
“On behalf of the men and women of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office in support of our citizens, I commend and appreciate the dedicated soldiers of our Arizona National Guard." Dannels said today.
"These military professionals have provided vital support to this office during a time where our southern border presents a plethora of complex public safety challenges. As their service mission comes to a conclusion, I applaud and salute these soldiers for helping making Cochise County a better and safer place to live. Thank You!"
More information about the new job openings is available on the County jobs web page.