Pharr, Texas – The City of Pharr was recently ranked among the safest places to live in Texas! A new study by released its rankings of all the safest cities in the United States with populations above 50,000 based on crime types and trends. Pharr earned a top spot as the 25th safest city in the state and is among the highest ranked in the Rio Grande Valley.

“We are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that our Pharr families are safe and secure,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. “Pharr has an outstanding public safety department and partnerships with our local agencies which help us not only create a safe environment for our citizens but also foster a positive relationship within our community,” he added. “The entire Pharr City Commission is proud of this recognition and we thank all our city, local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for helping contribute to this recognition.”

According to the study, Pharr ranked as the 25th safest city in Texas out of the top 60 ranked, with six cities from the Rio Grande Valley also making the list. The study indicates that Texas is home to many of the safest cities in the United States.

“Our department is dedicated to the public safety of every citizen, business, and organization in our city,” stated Pharr Chief of Police Jose A. Luengo. “Throughout the day our patrols monitor our city parks, schools, and areas heavily trafficked by the public,” he said. “Most importantly, we take pride in taking the time to stop and interact with our community to know exactly what problems or issues they might be facing,” he continued.

Pharr remains focused on providing every citizen with the best quality of life and continues to make public safety its top priority. As part of that commitment, the city has entered into a partnership with South Texas College (STC) to open the Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence. The Public Safety Complex provides continuing education for current law enforcement officers, public safety personnel, and serve as a teaching site for STC students earning a Criminal Justice degree.