Area law enforcement leaders sit down with US attorney general

(Photo courtesy of Parnell and Charlotte McNamara)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The leaders of several area law enforcement agencies were included in a round-table discussion with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Friday in Austin.

America's top law enforcer came to the Lone Star state to talk about immigration enforcement, highlighting President Trump's push to tighten border security, and supporting Texas' ban on sanctuary cities.

Following a press conference where they were seated in the front row, Sessions met with about 30 sheriff's and police chief's from around the state, including Temple Chief Floyd Mitchell, Belton Chief Gene Ellis, Harker Heights Chief Mike Gentry, and McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

"We're sittin' there with the top law enforcement official in the United States," said McNamara. "To be sitting there with him just one-on-one was an unbelievable experience."

McNamara described it as the Department of Justice reaching out to local law enforcement to see how to better serve law enforcement as a whole.

"I feel like for once, they've got our back," said McNamara.

He said for more than an hour, Sessions and representatives from the DOJ and the United States Attorney's Office asked the local agency heads about the problems they have and what the federal government can do to help.

"It works so much better when we're all working together," according to McNamara, who said the Waco area was lucky compared to most in its relationship with federal police agencies. "I'm proud that we're all helping each other in this area."

Mark Frazier with the U.S.Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas, extended the invite.

"I said absolutely and I'd be honored to be a part of that, and I was," said McNamara.

He said Sessions seemed to be receptive to the problems presented.

"He thanked me for my good words and said we appreciate what you're doing in Waco," said McNamara.