SAN ANTONIO -

Mexican federal police trained with their American colleagues Wednesday at the San Antonio Police Training Academy, as part of a federal program designed to teach Mexican law enforcement the latest tactics developed in the U.S.

The program is called Mexican American Liaison and Law Enforcement Training, and is in its 18th year of operation.

It's run by the FBI in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies like SAPD.

Each year, a select group of Mexican law enforcement officials are brought stateside to learn the latest tactics -- everything from building entry to traffic stops.

"It's really beneficial to both sides, as our two countries work extremely closely together in the solving of crimes," said Special Agent Erik Vasys, of the FBI's San Antonio office.

The Mexican officers will be in San Antonio for three days.