Patrol Division

General Information

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 El Paso County Sheriff's Office Cadet/Explorer Program is an exciting innovative opportunity where young people can learn about careers in Law Enforcement and Detentions.

The program meets twice per month and Cadets receive training in all areas of service provided by the Sheriff's Office. Training topics include community oriented policing, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, patrol & detention procedures, report writing, traffic control, radio procedures, first aid and the history of law enforcement. Additionally, Cadets participate in numerous community events, community service, special functions and ride-a-longs throughout the year.

The Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) is a team that supports the Law Enforcement and Detention operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  The CRU consists of a sergeant, four deputies and an officer from the Fountain Police Department who work a constantly-changing schedule to meet the needs of the Office and the community.  The addition of the Fountain Police Department to the unit is a significant step towards regional partnerships and a collaborative effort to combat crime and increase the delivery of law enforcement services to the community.  

The daily duties and responsibilities of CRU deputies vary greatly, but can generally be summed up as encompassing fugitive apprehension, case follow-up, rapid response to crime-related tips and self-initiated investigations.  Any of these duties may take priority at any given time.

The Explosives Unit is a team of highly motivated officers who are specially trained in the recognition, construction, handling and rendering-safe of improvised explosives and devices.  The Unit is allocated five members, three of whom are FBI Certified Hazardous Devices (Bomb) Technicians, and two that are trained as Para-Technicians.  Bomb Technicians receive their initial certification by completing the FBI/US Army Hazardous Devices School which is located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Patrol Chaplain's are an available resource to provide comfort, counseling and spiritual guidance to any Sheriff’s Office member in need. They assist citizens during times of tragedy, such as serious injuries, accidental and natural death, homicides and suicides, and make death notifications. The Chaplains also provide invocations and benedictions at Sheriff’s Office functions. 

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 Civil Unit, Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol and the Crime Analyst.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is continually seeking quality candidates to join our Reserve Deputy Program.  Being a Reserve Deputy Sheriff is among the most rewarding volunteer opportunities available in the law enforcement or public service fields.    If you think you might be a good fit, or know of a family member or friend who might be interested, please take a moment to review/share the information below. 

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is committed to fostering strong community involvement with the citizens we are proud to serve. The concept of community oriented policing strives for the building of partnerships within the community to solve identified problems.

During your ride along, you may observe deputies interact and work with citizens or business owners/employees to help solve problems in the respective neighborhood areas.  You might also see patrol deputies work together with Sheriffs Office specialized units including the Traffic Unit, the Crime Reduction Unit, the K-9 or Mounted Unit and at times, even the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team to solve issues throughout El Paso County, promoting our Community Policing philosophy.

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. 

In early 2009, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office implemented a new volunteer program, the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol (SCP).  The Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol is a citizen based program which allows residents of El Paso County the ability to volunteer within their community performing law enforcement related duties which do not require a sworn member.  This program allows volunteers to actively participate in a wide variety of opportunities which were historically unavailable to volunteers.

School Resource Officers (SRO's) are deputies who have been selected and assigned to work in and around assigned middle and high schools on a long-term basis.  SRO's job functions are based on the "triad" concept of school-based policing.  The triad concept divides the SRO's responsibilities into three areas:  Teacher, Counselor/Mentor, and Law Enforcement Officer.  By performing these functions collaboratively with parents and school officials, the Sheriff's Office promotes a positive image of law enforcement to the youth of our community when they are most impressionable and most likely to benefit from such exposure.  The opportunity for students to have one-on-one contact with respected law enforcement professionals allows for trust and mutual respect to develop.  It is our goal to help provide a safe learning environment for our youth, while we blend the SRO program with the many other community policing programs within the schools.

The EPSO S.W.A.T. Team consists of 20 members, two of which are Officers with the Fountain Police Department. All are highly motivated, trained and excel at performing very specialized missions under extremely stressful circumstances, sometimes with very little advance notice.  Each team member possesses a variety of skills and experience.  When brought together, these members function as a single unit within a team concept, which allows missions to be completed thoroughly and safely.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is comprised of three dual purpose dog teams, each certified in narcotics detection and patrol work.  Each K9 Team is certified in the areas of handler protection, evidence searches, tracking, building searches, field searches, suspect apprehension, obedience, agility, and narcotic detection. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is a member of and certified with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).