State and federal officials are administering two-way police style radios to border residents in New Mexico to help them get emergency help more easily and to report illegal activities, according to the Associated Press.

The radios provide a direct connection to police dispatchers in three of New Mexico’s seven border counties and will be digitally encrypted to prevent eavesdropping from traffickers.

The program spawned from discussions at the Southwest New Mexico Border Security Task Fore about three years ago and so far has received about $200,000 in federal funds.