Special Operations Division
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.
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.
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 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.
Established in 1996, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit consists of two full-time and several auxiliary members. Wearing many hats, the Mounted Unit may be deployed to support any component of the Sheriff’s Office. Assigned to the Community Impact Section as a community oriented and problem-solving team, the Mounted Unit focus is primarily in rural areas where normal patrol techniques are combined with the abilities and advantages of an equine partner. Routinely patrolling unincorporated El Paso County, a mounted deputy can see better and cover terrain where a patrol car cannot go. Trained and desensitized horses are a tremendous law enforcement tool in many settings. The Mounted Unit also works collaboratively with other agencies assisting with homeless outreach, fugitive and evidence searches, crowd control, and search and rescue operations.
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 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 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).
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.
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.
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.