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.
The Special Operations 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.
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 Investigations Division is responsible for investigating the vast majority of felony crimes against persons and property occurring in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. The division includes Major Crimes Unit, General Investigation Unit, Sex Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Computer Crimes and Cold Cases. The Division is also responsible for the Evidence Facility, Victims Advocates, Metro Vice and Narcotics and members of the Metro Crime Laboratory. The Division is led be a Commander and is overseen by one Lieutenant and three Sergeants.
The Major Crimes Unit and Cold Cases consist of a sergeant, who also supervises the Computer Crimes detective, and six detectives. The Unit is responsible for investigating cases involving crimes against persons. These cases include homicide, suspicious deaths, attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and serious assaults. The Cold Case detective is responsible for following up on cold homicide cases and missing person cases.
The Computer Crimes Unit consists of the same sergeant and one detective. This Unit is responsible for investigating any computer related crimes, to include internet luring and sexual exploitation of children. This detective is also responsible for computer forensics and obtaining information from cellular telephones.
The General Investigations Unit consists of one sergeant, who also supervises the Financial Crimes Unit, and four detectives. The unit is responsible for property crimes, primarily conducting follow up investigations on residential/business burglaries, theft, motor vehicle thefts and criminal trespass cases.
The Financial Crimes Unit consists of the same sergeant and four detectives. This Unit is responsible for the investigation of crimes such as identity theft, check fraud, forgery, financial related scams and organized crime.
The Sex crimes Unit consists of one sergeant and six detectives and a Sex Offender Coordinator. This Unit is responsible for investigation of sexual related cases such as sexual assaults on children, incest, adult sexual assault and luring. The Unit is also responsible for cases involving Adult Protective Services cases such as care taker neglect and financial fraud against the elderly. They also conduct compliance checks on registered sex offenders, maintaining a database of registered sex offenders and providing awareness to the public of sexually violent predators.
The Evidence Facility is operated by two civilian employees. They receive, store and maintain all evidence collected by members of the Sheriff’s Office. They also handle found property, property for safekeeping and vehicles impounded by members of the Sheriff’s Office.
The Victim Assistance Program is overseen by the Investigations Lieutenant. The Program has one supervisor, two grant funded full time employees and eleven volunteer victim advocates. Members of the Program respond to victims of violent crime and/or their families, victims in crisis, and family survivors in cases of violent and sudden deaths. Victim advocates are civilian employees and volunteers who are available 365 days a year. These advocates 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.
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.
The men and women of the Investigations Division take great pride in the trust bestowed upon them as detectives and civilian personnel. They desire nothing more than to be the voice of the citizens of our community and the victims of crime as they seek out the truth from the beginning of an investigation until it concludes with the prosecution of individuals responsible for the crime.