April 2018 - Posts

SHERIFF’S OFFICE EXPLORER POST 2005 TO COMPETE IN 2018 DESERT LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPLORER COMPETITION

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SHERIFF’S OFFICE EXPLORER POST 2005

TO COMPETE IN 2018 DESERT LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPLORER COMPETITION

April 25, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 will compete in the 2018 Desert Law Enforcement Explorer Competition on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Explorers will compete against other explorer posts from the region in Active Shooter, Burglary in Progress, Domestic Violence, Felony Traffic Stop, and Officer Down.

The competition will be hosted by the U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector at 26 McGregor Range Rd. beginning at 8:00 am.

The Sheriff’s Explorer Post 2005 placed 3rd in Felony Traffic Stop at last years competition.

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NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAY

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NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK DAY

April 24, 2018

El Paso, TX – On Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to https://takebackday.dea.gov/.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau is partnering with DEA on this initiative by opening the three Patrol Stations from 10 am to 2 pm for the public to drop off their unwanted medication.

· East Montana Patrol Station – 12501 Montana Ave.

· Clint Patrol Station – 190 San Elizario Rd.

· Northwest Patrol Station – 435 E. Vinton Rd, Suite D.

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS DRIVER LICENSE ACADEMY

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

HOSTS DRIVER LICENSE ACADEMY

April 24, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will host three countywide courses to help unlicensed drivers become licensed.

The program is FREE to first-time drivers, new Texas residents, or individuals eligible to have their driving privileges reinstated.

Sheriff’s Office COP Representatives will cover the Texas Driver License Handbook which includes the following topics:  How to apply for your Texas driver license, signals, signs, and markers, signaling, passing, and turning, speed limits, Zero Tolerance Law, giving way to pedestrians, registering your vehicle, changing your address and becoming an organ donor. The class is bilingual to ensure that no one is left behind.

The course is FREE. Please note the course is NOT a driving school replacement, therefore we ask all participants be at least 25 years old. Class sizes are limited to 20 students, if you are interested in signing up or need more information please contact the course coordinator at each patrol station to register and for more information.

East Montana Patrol Station 915-856-4875 / Course will begin May 3rd.

Clint Patrol Station 915-851-3287 / Course will begin May 9th.

Northwest Patrol Station 915-886-2724 / Course will begin May 8th.

The Sheriff’s Office believes by empowering the citizens with the knowledge needed to pass the driver license exam, we reduce the number of unlicensed drivers. 

*This course is only intended to help understand and educate the public about the Texas Driver Handbook.

*Persons will not be checked on their driver’s license status and vehicles will not be inspected.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- PHONE SCAMS - April 23, 2018

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT- PHONE SCAMS

April 23, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the citizens of El Paso County aware of telephone scams that have claimed several victims.

People around El Paso County have received phone calls from an individual identifying themselves as an employee of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The scammer/offender then claims that the individual/victim has ignored one of the following: jury duty summons, unpaid tickets, warrants or court summons and they must either make a payment or report to Sheriff’s Office Headquarters to resolve the matter.

In cases where a payment is requested, the VICTIM is told to buy Money Trax cards or gift cards for varying amounts to resolve the matter. After the VICTIM purchases the money cards, the scammer requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be taken care of. Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.

Victor Ramirez who is a Supervisor of Jury Selection at the El Paso County Courthouse advised our investigators that they will NEVER call anyone by phone to advise them that they missed Jury Duty.

The Sheriff’s office would also like to remind citizens that they will never be contacted by phone requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.

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

EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CERTIFIES TEN DEPUTIES IN CRIME PREVENTION COURSE

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

CERTIFIES TEN DEPUTIES IN

CRIME PREVENTION COURSE

April 20, 2018

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office certified ten deputies in Crime Prevention I for residential home inspections April 16 – 19, 2018.

The ten deputies earned their certification following the completion of 40 hours of training through the North Texas Crime Prevention Association at the Sheriff’s Office Region VIII Academy.

Deputies received hands-on training and conducted crime prevention home security inspections. During the training, deputies were also introduced to the latest security technologies and industry security standards.

A residential home survey will evaluate interior and exterior security measures for the home. The areas evaluated during a survey include doors, windows, locks, landscaping, lighting, and burglar alarms.

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL APPRECIATION WEEK APRIL 8 – 14, 2018

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL APPRECIATION WEEK

APRIL 8 – 14, 2018

El Paso, TX – Each year, the second week of April is dedicated to the hard-working men and women serving as animal control officers.

Animal Control Officers provide essential community functions enforcing Animal Control laws, protecting the public from diseases such as rabies, and educating the public on proper care of pets. They are also dedicated to protecting the welfare of helpless animals and pets that are rescued from injury, disease, abuse, and starvation.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office commends its Animal Control Officers for the many dedicated, long hours of service they provide to the residents and animals of El Paso County. In their honor, County Commissioners read and signed a resolution declaring April 8th through April 14th, 2018, as “Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week.”

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK APRIL 8 – 14, 2018

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK

APRIL 8 – 14, 2018

April 9, 2018

El Paso, TX – Each year, the second week of April is dedicated to men and women serving as public safety telecommunicators.

This crucial role is filled by telecommunicators and dispatchers, who utilize telephones, radios, computers and technical skills to provide vital support for law enforcement and fire services throughout the city and county.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Communications Section is a 24-hr, 7 days per week operation. It provides radio communications and computer-aided dispatch to units in the field, and responds to inquiries from officers in the field regarding wanted and missing individuals as well as verifying stolen property. In addition to Sheriff’s units, Communications also provides these services to other law enforcement agencies, fire departments in the County and the Medical Examiner’s Office. As can be seen, their functions are indispensable to the safety and welfare of citizens throughout the County.

In honor of these hard-working individuals, County Commissioners read and signed a resolution declaring April 8th through April 14th, 2018, as “Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND HACIENDA DEL NORTE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING

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EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HACIENDA DEL NORTE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING

March 6, 2017

El Paso, TX – El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Community Services Section along with the Hacienda Del Norte Homeowners Association will host a neighborhood watch meeting on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most well-known crime prevention programs, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.

Sheriff’s Office deputies will share information about Sheriff’s Office programs, area-specific statistics, and crime prevention tips. This meeting will also provide residents with the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns about their neighborhoods.

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., at the Montana Vista Fire and Rescue Station - 13978 Montana Ave.

If you are a resident of this subdivision and would like to join Hacienda Del Norte Homeowners Association Neighborhood Watch, or are interested in starting your own neighborhood watch program you can contact the Sheriff’s Office Community Services Section at 915-852-4131.

NATIONAL DOGFIGHTING AWARENESS DAY

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NATIONAL DOGFIGHTING AWARENESS DAY

APRIL 8, 2018

 

El Paso, TX – The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to combat dogfighting, a crime of animal cruelty.

About National Dogfighting Awareness Day:

  • National Dogfighting Awareness Day, which takes place annually on April 8, was established by the ASPCA to raise awareness about the prevalence of dogfighting in the U.S., reveal little-known truths about the blood sport, and encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty.
  • Dogfighting is one of the most monstrous forms of animal cruelty. Forcing animals to maul each other for entertainment or profit has no place in our society.
  • Despite being a felony in all 50 states, the ASPCA estimates that there are tens of thousands of dogfighters in the United States forcing hundreds of thousands of dogs to brutally train, fight, and suffer as part of a so-called “blood sport.”
  • Dogfighting is often associated with other forms of criminal activity including illegal gambling and possession of drugs and firearms.
  • Last year alone, the ASPCA rescued more than 300 dogs from 13 dogfighting operations across 11 states.

Report any dogfighting activity by calling 9-1-1. Residents of El Paso County can contact the Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit at 915-832-4408. Residents of the City of El Paso can call 3-1-1.

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