Police officers who are members of the National Guard and called to active duty along the Texas-Mexico border will not have to pay their dues to the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas for the duration of their deployment.

“As these officers prepare to leave their homes and their families to serve in the border-security efforts in South Texas, we want them to know that their dues will be taken care of,” said Charley Wilkison, Executive Director of CLEAT.

Gov. Rick Perry on Monday announced that he will activate up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops for what he called “a force multiplier” for state and local law enforcement officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents dealing with criminal activity associated with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border into Texas.

Guard troops who are CLEAT members should notify CLEAT of their deployment to have their fees waived. Details are posted on CLEAT.org.

CLEAT, the state’s largest law enforcement labor organization, represents early 19,000 Texas peace officers.

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