Professional Standards Division

General Information

Within the pages of this website are descriptions of the various Sections and Units that make up the Division of Professional Responsibility.

The Community Relations and Outreach Unit continuously strive to maintain open communication between law enforcement and the community we serve.  The unit was based on the recognition of the need for mutual understanding and cooperation to solve community and neighborhood problems.  Through effective relationships, community members learn about policing while law enforcement members learn about the policing needs of the community.

Internal Affairs Unit goal is to inspect, audit and investigate Sheriff’s Office operations to ensure they meet community expectations and the highest professional and industry standards related to law enforcement, detentions, and criminal justice agencies.  Toward that end, the Internal Affairs Unit conducts scheduled unit inspections, reviews critical incidents and investigates reports of wrong doing, and substandard performance. 

The four-person Evidence Unit receives, stores and maintains all of the evidence taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally the section handles found property, impounded vehicles and property held for safekeeping.  They also coordinate the release of property by appointment.

The Evidence Unit destroys a considerable amount of items taken into the facility each year. Each item destroyed has been approved for release or destruction by policy or order of the District Attorney’s Office. A few examples of why items are destroyed include: The Item is destroyed (typically weapons) as part of a plea agreement; The item contains bodily fluids and potential biohazards rendering them unsafe to maintain or release; illegal weapons or illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has been participating in the accreditation process since 1992. The accreditation process provides us with the opportunity and guidance for evaluating and comparing our operations against nationally recognized standards. Achieving and maintaining accreditation requires commitment across all areas of our agency. The Accreditation Unit works diligently with agency personnel to identify and remedy any operational deficiencies, therefore continually improving the quality of our law enforcement and correctional programs and services.

Honor Guard Mission:

To provide the fallen with the highest honors that they deserve. The Honor Guard also strives to present a professional ceremonial presence during selected public appearances. These appearances have included parades, funerals, city or county functions, sporting events and other such functions.

Membership:

The Honor Guard is made up of deputies of all rank and position.

The Media Services Unit have many responsibilities and serves all areas of the Office. They are responsible for the development of various publications using multiple technologies for distribution on the web and in print. They update the internal and external websites promptly and efficiently. They films, edit, and produces videos for distribution within the Office, as well as for public viewing. The Media Services Unit also photographs and videos Office functions for various mediums of publication. They assists in gathering data, editing articles and composing designs for various publications to include quarterly reports, annual reports, and other publications.

The Judicial Liaison is responsible for developing and maintaining effective interagency relationships between the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Problem Solving Courts, Pretrial Services, the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender, the Judiciary, the Board of County Commissioners and the public.  To provide ongoing analysis of Sheriff’s Office business operations for efficacy and efficiency and act in collaboration with other stakeholders in making program decisions.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Public Information Section has the important responsibility of serving as a liaison between the media, community and the Sheriff's Office. We continually strive to provide this service to our citizenry with the tenets of community oriented policing as the foundation of this section.

Specifically, the Public Information Section is responsible for the dissemination of accurate and timely public safety information to the community through media releases, social media, and various publications. By performing this service, we serve as the conduit through which the public is made aware of matters that are of interest to our community.