Law Enforcement Bureau
On behalf of the 170 plus employees assigned to the Law Enforcement Bureau, I welcome you to our respective web pages. The Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Bureau is comprised of two (2) divisions, the Investigations Division and Patrol Division, all tasked with carrying out the statutory responsibilities of the Sheriff.
The Support Services Division is the smallest of the three divisions but is augmented by several hundred volunteers. This Division is tasked with such duties as hazardous material clean up, wildland fire suppression and mitigation, search and rescue missions.
The Law Enforcement Bureau is located at 27 East Vermijo Avenue, directly south of the courthouse.
Within the pages of this website are descriptions of the various Sections and Units that make up the Patrol Division. Each is designed to meet the needs of the community we serve in the most efficient and economical method possible.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division is comprised of three Sections including over one hundred twenty-five men and women dedicated to serve the public and preserve the peace for all who reside in or visit El Paso County. With the passing of 1A, this number will be increasing significantly as we add approximately forty-four new deputies to the Patrol Division. This year and next will be challenging and exciting as we hire, train and deploy these additional deputies in support of the Sheriff’s Office mission. This additional manpower will allow the Patrol Division to address some immediate needs and become more proactive in our policing and prevention of crime. It will allow targeted enforcement and data driven deployment of our patrol resources and allow deputies to spend more time investigating and solving crime rather than taking a report before dashing off to the next call for service or reported crime. Our goal is to prevent crime by deterring crime and arresting violators so they are unable to reoffend. Additional deputies will further allow our members to work directly with the public on preventive programs to reduce crime before it occurs by educating the residential and business communities how to make their properties more crime resistant.
The Patrol Section
The Patrol Section is the heart of the Law Enforcement Bureau of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The Section is divided into three overlapping shifts more commonly known as Day Shift, Swing Shift and Mid Shift. The overlapping hours between these three shifts are strategically designed to ensure the community maximum law enforcement coverage during the hours of greatest need based on historical data and learned behavior. The Patrol Section also includes the Report Authority Unit, the Rural Enforcement and Outreach Unit and the Crime Analyst.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division is comprised of over one hundred twenty-five men and women dedicated to serving the public and preserving the peace for all who reside in or visit El Paso County. Thanks to the passing of the 1A Public Safety Tax, We have been able to hire and train new deputies to help us build up our numbers to a level enabling us to better respond to the increasing calls for service. We are continuing the important process of properly raining and deploying these additional deputies in support of the Sheriff’s Office mission. As a result of this additional manpower we can be more proactive in our policing and prevention of crime. It is allowing targeted enforcement and data driven deployment of our patrol resources and our deputies are better able to spend more time investigating and solving crime rather than just taking reports and dashing off to the next call for service or reported crime. Our goal is to prevent crime by deterring crime and arresting violators so they are unable to reoffend. The additional deputies allow our members to work directly with the public on preventive programs to reduce crime before it occurs by educating the residential and business communities about how to make their properties more crime resistant.
These efforts are directly in line with, and originate from the Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.) philosophy. C.O.P is not a special program or unit, but a universal philosophy, which brings our community together. It is a proactive problem solving approach to law enforcement intended to increase the quality of life for citizens in the community by reducing crime. C.O.P. is accomplished by providing community based law enforcement services through the application of proactive and preventive enforcement strategies derived from partnerships within the community. It promotes the building of trusting relationships between the law enforcement officers and the community they serve. This helps to solve the problems that cause crime by working with agencies, organizations, businesses, and the citizens within the community to identify problems which may not be readily apparent to the law enforcement officer.
The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for investigating felony crimes against persons and property occurring in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. The division is led by 1 commander, 3 section lieutenants, and 6 unit supervisors that oversee Crimes Against Persons, Property Crimes, Technical Investigations, and the Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Section.
Crimes Against Persons
The Violent Crimes Unit provides specialized investigations for homicide, suspicious deaths, attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and serious assaults. The Cold Case Unit proactively combines forensic advances with traditional investigative techniques to solve cold case homicides. Technical support staff assigned to the Metro Crime Laboratory are specialized in Firearms and Toolmark Examination, Crime Scene Investigation, and Fingerprint Examination.
The Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) is responsible for proactive and reactive investigations which include crimes against children, adult sexual assault, and crimes against at risk victims. The unit maintains Task Force affiliation with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to continually engage in investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation involving the internet. The Office of the Sex Offender Registration Coordinator, in conjunction with the SVU, conducts compliance checks on registered sex offenders, maintains a database of registered sex offenders and provides awareness to the public of sexually violent predators.
Members of the Victim Assistance Program respond to victims of violent crime covered by the Victim’s Rights Act and/or their families. Victim advocates are civilian personnel and volunteers who provide outreach and assess the needs of victims, provide information and referrals about resources in the community, victims compensation benefits, education and awareness of victims’ rights.
Property and Technical Investigations
The Digital Forensics Unit is responsible for the collection, downloading, and preservation of digital evidence commonly found on cell phones, home and office computers, closed circuit television and surveillance footage, fit-bits, and other digital devices.
The Property Crimes Unit is responsible for the investigation of crimes against property including burglaries, arsons, auto thefts, criminal mischief, and complex livestock crimes.
The Criminal Intelligence Unit is responsible for using Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) as a managerial philosophy where data analysis and crime intelligence are pivotal to an objective, decision making framework that facilitates crime and problem reduction, disruption and prevention through both strategic management and effective enforcement strategies that target prolific and serious offenders.
The Financial Crimes Unit is responsible for the investigation of complex financial and fraud crimes including the financial exploitation of at-risk adults, counterfeiting, and identity theft.
Metro VNI Section
The Metro Vice and Narcotics Section is a multi-agency task force partially comprised of members of the Sheriff’s Office. The purpose of this Section is to reduce crime that involves illegal drug activity and acts that are contradictory to community morals.
Task Force Officers (TFO) are also assigned to multiple federal partnerships, bringing resources and tools which would otherwise not be available. These agency partnerships include the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI-JTTF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF).
Law Enforcement Support Division is responsible for the specialized units designed to enhance the level of law enforcement service of the Sheriff’s Office, thus increasing the quality of life of the citizens of El Paso County. Through programs and various services, the Division provides direct interaction between the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of our community, enhancing a partnership that ultimately expands the capability of our crime prevention efforts.