Division of Professional Responsibility

General Information

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

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 two 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 accreditation process offers the opportunity to evaluate operations against national standards, remedy deficiencies, and upgrade the quality of correctional programs and services. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office participates in the accreditation process with the American Correctional Association (ACA) and National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts inspections which are based on many of the same standards through the accreditation process.  The United States Department of Justice passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003.  In order for correctional facilities to be considered compliant, they are required to be audited by certified Department of Justice auditors every three years.

In 2003, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (known as “PREA”), in an effort to eliminate sexual abuse in correctional (‘confinement’) settings.

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.

The Use of Force Inspector position was created and implemented in 2019.  The Inspector has many duties with a significant emphasis on providing use of force and de-escalation training to the workforce through recruit academies and annual in-service training.