Rural Enforcement & Outreach Unit
In early 2015, the Sheriff’s Office created the Rural Enforcement and Outreach Unit (REO) to support the Patrol and Investigations Divisions and increase services to the community by offering enhanced law enforcement response to the large expanses of Eastern El Paso County. REO is community oriented and high impact policing with a rural twist.
As a direct link to the citizens of the rural regions of eastern El Paso County, the REO’s focus is to develop relationships with these residents and create a mechanism to address issues specific to the culture and area. This includes investigating illegal marijuana growing operations, working as a compliance mechanism for the County marijuana resolution, mediating fence line disputes, assisting with livestock issues, investigating equine abuse/neglect and encouraging education relating to equine health. Additionally, the REO handles primary calls-for-service in much of Patrol District 4, which covers the eastern portion of El Paso County, investigating any criminal episodes regardless of topic.
REO works with School Resource Deputies, assists with Patrol calls-for-service and conducts investigations when Patrol would not typically have the time to commit. REO also collaborates with neighboring counties on joint enforcement operations, intelligence sharing and traffic enforcement. Acting as a conduit for information flow from the rural citizens to the Sheriff, the unit will host or participate in several outreach functions each year.
REO deputies were chosen in part for their knowledge, flexibility, initiative and ownership of the culture. They are working with the residents of Eastern El Paso County to develop crime prevention programs specific to the rural lifestyle while interacting with rural residents and assisting the Patrol Division. Based out of Calhan, the REO offers better coverage in the rural areas and makes it easier for the Sheriff’s Office to stay connected with the citizens who call the Eastern plains “home.” Many residents call them directly with non-emergent problems which personalizes the relationship with the Sheriff’s Office and encourages better and more timely information exchange.