El Cenizo hopes to hire two more police officers. They say the more police presence, the safer the city.
Robert Nenque is the captain of the El Cenizo police department.
He is the city's first full-time police officer.
"Traffic duties. I run traffic. I get in the school zone in the morning and I just patrol the streets up and down. And I assist the sheriff's office whenever they need help."
Besides Captain Nenque, the city has three volunteer police officers.
Their police chief is even volunteer.
But now the city hopes to hire two more full time officers.
Lupita Gonzalez lives in El Cenizo.
She said the more police, the better for her family.
“That's every good there is going to be more vigilance because they're are a lot of kids on the street, stealing, fighting and on my part it would be good there would be more vigilance. We feel more safe as a family."
The department is applying for a grant to be able to hire the additional two officers.
If the city of El Cenizo does get approved for the grant, they said the officers will all be working different shifts. That way the city of El Cenizo will have someone available 24 hours a day.
That grant would pay for 75-percent of the officers salaries.
Captain Nenque said El Cenizo has a lot of burglaries, so any additional police help would be a benefit for the community.
El Cenizo police also patrol Rio Bravo as well.