March 2018 - Posts

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- PHONE SCAM

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- PHONE SCAM

March 22, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is advising citizens of El Paso County of a telephone scam.                 

Residents around El Paso County have received phone calls from scammers/offenders claiming to be holding a relative hostage.

            The scammers/offenders use fear to intimidate the VICTIM to wire money before the VICTIM has the opportunity to check if their loved one is safe.

VICTIMS are asked to gather as much information as possible to include names, phone numbers(caller ID), wiring details, or locations mentioned during such phone calls to assist law enforcement in investigating these incidents.

If anyone has been a victim of these scams, please contact the proper authorities. The El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 915-832-4408.

EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE EXPLORER POST 2005 –TRAINING SESSION RECAP–03/19/2018

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EXPLORER POST 2005 –TRAINING SESSION RECAP

March 21, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 and Community Services Section conducted a training session on Monday, March 19, 2018.

The goal of the Explorer Post is to afford an opportunity to young adults of the community to observe, participate and learn about law enforcement. The explorer post and its advisors provide education, training, and afford an opportunity to begin serving the community. We will provide the explorers with important information upon which to base their decision to pursue a career in law enforcement.

During this training, session explorers received training from the El Paso Police Department Bomb Squad on situations involving explosives and other related incidents.

The Sheriff’s Explorer Post 2005 is currently preparing for the 2018 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference, July 16-20, 2018 at Purdue University.

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESULTS OF INCREASED ENFORCEMENT PATROLS -SPRING BREAK

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RESULTS OF INCREASED ENFORCEMENT PATROLS -SPRING BREAK

March 21, 2018

El Paso, TX – During the recent “Spring Break” period, March 1 -18th, 2018, additional El Paso County Sheriff’s Office deputies were assigned to various areas throughout El Paso County to locate and arrest DWI drivers. In addition to those operations, additional deputies were also assigned throughout El Paso County to identify drivers operating their vehicles in an unsafe manner. Deputies targeted speeding, intersection and seatbelt/child safety seat violations and issued citations accordingly.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office utilized funding provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) under the 2018 TXDOT STEP Comprehensive Grant and the 2018 TXDOT Impaired Driving Mobilization Grant. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office made a total of (17) Driving While Intoxicated related arrests during this period. Under the Comprehensive and Impaired Driving Mobilization Grant, the following arrests were made and citations were issued:

-5 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated

-2 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated Breath Alcohol Content over 0.15

-1 arrest for Driving While Intoxicated with Child under 15 years of age

-3 arrests for Possession of Controlled Substances or Dangerous Drugs

-11 Total arrests under TXDOT grants

-81 citations for Speeding violations

-58 citations issued for Seatbelt/Child safety seat violations

-25 citations for Intersection-related violations

-46 citations for additional violations

-210 Total citations

Also during this enforcement period on March 13, 2018, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with Union Pacific Railroad Police and the Socorro Police Department, participated in Operation UP Cares. Operation UP Cares targets drivers operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner in and around railroad crossings.

-1 citation Disregard Railroad Crossing

-1 citation Disregard Official Traffic Control Device

-1 citation Operate Vehicle in Unsafe Condition

-1 citation Speeding

-3 citations No Operators License

-1 citation Operate Vehicle w/Expired Registration

-8 Total citations

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- PHONE SCAM TARGETING REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- PHONE SCAM

TARGETING REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS

March 16, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is advising citizens of El Paso County of a telephone scam targeting registered sex offenders in El Paso County.

                       Registered individuals around El Paso County have received phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as employees of the Sheriff’s Office.

            The scammers/offenders inform the registered sex offender they are non-compliant and have warrants which will result in an arrest if they fail to pay a specific fine. The VICTIM is told to buy Money Trax cards or gift cards for varying amounts to resolve their noncompliance. After the VICTIM purchases the money cards, the scammer requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be dismissed. Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office or the Texas Department of Public Safety will NEVER contact registered sex offenders to pay fines or fees via this method.

If anyone has been a victim of these scams, please contact the proper authorities. The El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 915-832-4408. Individuals who report to the Sheriff’s Office Sex Offenders Unit can call 915-538-2008 to verify if they are compliant.

BURN BAN ORDER FOR COUNTY OF EL PASO–March 12, 2018

BURN BAN ORDER FOR COUNTY OF EL PASO IS EXTENDED

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El Paso, TX – On, Monday, March 12, 2018, Commissioners Court extended the County’s Burn Ban Order for an additional 90 days. 

The order will take effect on March 15, 2018, at the expiration of the prior burn ban.

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ANNUAL EASTER BUNNY VISIT

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ANNUAL EASTER BUNNY VISIT

March 9, 2018

El Paso, TX – Sheriff Richard Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Section are making Easter “MOBILE” with our annual Easter Bunny Visit. 

Sheriff Wiles will be personally participating in this fun time as we distribute baskets full of goodies to children at El Paso Children’s Hospital on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 2:00 pm. The hospital is located at 4845 Alameda.

Media partners are welcome during the visit. Please contact Public Information Officer Leslie Antunez at lantunez@epcounty.com for details.

 

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE EXPLORER POST 2005 – SPRING BREAK TRAINING SESSION

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EXPLORER POST 2005 – SPRING BREAK TRAINING SESSION

March 9, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 and Community Services Section will conduct their annual spring break training session March 12 – 16, 2018.

The goal of the Explorer Post is to afford an opportunity to young adults of the community to observe, participate and learn about law enforcement. The explorer post and its advisors provide education, training, and afford an opportunity to begin serving the community. We will provide the explorers with important information upon which to base their decision to pursue a career in law enforcement.

The Sheriff’s Explorer Post 2005 is currently preparing for the 2018 National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference, July 16-20, 2018 at Purdue University.

The Explorer Post and Community Service Section will practice drill formations and review traffic stops, crime scene investigation, first aid, crisis negotiation and white-collar crime, during the week-long training session.

Training will be held at the Sheriff’s Office Region VIII Academy, March 12 – 16, 2018, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Training is open to our media partners; please contact Leslie Antunez for scheduling.

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE COFFEE WITH A DEPUTY RECAP

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COFFEE WITH A DEPUTY RECAP

Sheriff Richard D. Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office hosted “Coffee with a Deputy,” on Friday, March 2, 2018.

The national movement focuses on building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve.  Sheriff’s Office deputies met with members of the community and addressed questions and issues occurring in their neighborhoods. During the event, deputies met Retired Honorary Deputy Francisco Morales who is  91 years old. Mr. Morales proudly showed deputies his old Sheriff’s Office identification card that is signed by then-Sheriff Ray Montes.

EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHARGES STUDENT WITH TERRORISTIC THREAT

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CHARGES STUDENT WITH TERRORISTIC THREAT

March 2, 2018

El Paso, TX – On February 17, 2018, students from Garcia Enriquez Middle School, were attending a UIL Academic Competition in Horizon City, Texas. Several students of Garcia Enriquez Middle School received anonymous cell phone messages stating that someone was going to shoot up the school. This action caused fear for the safety of the students resulting in the cancellation of the competition.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit investigated the case and identified the student as a 14-year-old female who attends Garcia Enriquez Middle School. The student was charged with Terroristic Threat (fear of imminent serious bodily injury), a Class B Misdemeanor and referred to the County Attorney’s Office.

No other information is available at this time.

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