Long before Laredo ever existed, this area had some semblance of Law and Order. Native American bands of our region lived in accord with their own tribal laws. Chiefs oversaw maintenance of these, which were easily enforced in a society of hunter-warriors. Each brave had individual responsibilities to the tribe. Thus, it was among the Carrizo, Lipan Apache, & Comanche, who roamed this stretch of the Rio Grande River that a tradition of concern for law and order, and public safety was established which serves as the bedrock for our law enforcement & public safety function today.