NEWS RELEASE - TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 22nd, 2016

NEWS RELEASE - TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 22nd, 2016

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr. El Paso, TX 79938

www.EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, Texas – On Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four 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 one of the following Patrol Stations;

Montana Patrol Station – 12501 Montana

Clint Patrol Station – 190 San Elizario

Vinton Station – 435 E. Vinton, Suite D

(The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds—more than 2,100 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.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including 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.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.   

RELEASE: EPCSO 2ND ANNUAL CAR SEAT CHECK–UP

RELEASE: EPCSO 2ND ANNUAL CAR SEAT CHECK–UP

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting its 2nd Annual car seat check – up event, Friday, October 14th, 2016.

In partnership with University Medical Center of El Paso, and the Texas Department of Transportation, Sheriff’s Office deputies will be checking car seats for proper installation.

The FREE car seat check – up event will take place Friday, October 14th, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy parking lot; 12501 Montana.

Please bring your children with you, to allow Sheriff’s Office deputies to determine if their car seat fits them well. 4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly. Could yours be one of them?

Please arrive early; car seats will be issued out on a first come first serve basis. Lines may be cut before end time if needed based on the availability of car seats. To qualify for a replacement car seat you must be a Texas resident and low income to qualify.

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RELEASE: JENNIFER ANN’S GROUP TO HONOR SHERIFF WILES

RELEASE: JENNIFER ANN’S GROUP TO HONOR SHERIFF WILES

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr. El Paso, TX 79938

El Paso, Texas- On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, Jennifer Ann’s Group will name Sheriff Richard D. Wiles as their 2016 Honoree during their 10th Annual Fundraiser to Prevent Teen Dating Violence.

Jennifer Ann’s Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing teen dating violence, through awareness, education, advocacy and their award winning video games.

In acknowledgement of Sheriff Wiles’ ongoing support in the education of Sheriff’s Office staff and support of the Jennifer Ann’s Group mission.

The Jennifer Ann’s Group is proud to announce Sheriff Richard D. Wiles as their 2016 Honoree.

“We are profoundly grateful for the support that you and your office has consistently given to Jennifer Ann’s Group, as we work together to prevent teen dating violence.” – Elizabeth L. Richeson, Ph.D., M.S. PsyPharm – Advisory Board Chair.

The 10th Annual Fundraiser will be held at the St. Luke Hall located at 930 E. Redd Rd., on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information or tickets contact Dr. Elizabeth Richeson at (915) 584-3636.

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RELEASE: EPCSO TO LAUNCH E-BOND SYSTEM

RELEASE: EPCSO TO LAUNCH E-BOND SYSTEM

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr. El Paso, TX 79938

El Paso, Texas- The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the E-Bond Committee will launch the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office E-Bond System on November 1st, 2016.

The E-Bonding Committee is made up of the Sheriff’s Office, Bail Bond Board, County Attorney, and the Information Technology Department.

On August 8th, 2016, the El Paso County Commissioner’s Court approved an agreement with AIA Holdings, Inc. to partner with the E-Bond Committee with the purpose of creating a computer system that will allow local bond agents to electronically transmit bail bond documents to the Detention Facilities and Satellite Booking in the County Court House.

The goal is to modernize the way bonds are accepted and achieve efficiencies for all parties involved. The new processes will allow for jail personnel to retrieve the bonds and process them electronically.  The E-Bonding System will eliminate flaws like lost or misplaced bonds, which in turn interferes with court settings and the prosecution of bond forfeitures. Subsequently, minimizing the liability to the Sheriff and El Paso County.

For bond agents, the system will grant them access to their power of attorney inventory and also interface with the County’s credit card vendor. Bail agents will also be able to pay posting fees and gradually eliminate the procedure of bail agents hand delivering bail bonds to the jail.

In addition, Electronic filing and storage of bail bonds will eliminate up to 40,000 pieces of paper annually.

“The introduction of new technologies like the E-Bonding system continue to move the Sheriff’s Office forward, in a continued effort to provide the best service possible to the citizens of the El Paso County,” Sheriff Richard D. Wiles.

This new system will be accessible November 1st, 2016, to licensed bondsmen through the E-Bond Portal at the El Paso County Bail Bond Board Website: http://www.epcounty.com/bailbondboard/ .

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RELEASE: EPCSO HOSTED FALL SRT SCHOOL

RELEASE:  EPCSO HOSTED FALL SRT SCHOOL

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Region VIII Academy hosted its fall SRT (Special Response Team) School, September 26th – 30th, 2016.

The school provided training to Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers, ICE Detention Camp – CERT Teams, El Paso County Constables and 19 detention officers from the Brazil State of Santa Catarina.

The 30 plus officers participated in the following subjects:  One Man Cell Extractions, Two-Man Tactics extractions, Riot/Civil Disturbance, and Hostage and Rescue in a Correctional Setting. The course will also feature a two-day Ju Jitsu Tactics Training by Brazilian Olympian Judo/MMA professional fighters. Both Sheriff’s Office Jail Facilities, Region VIII Academy Range and El Paso Coliseum were used as training locations.

UTEP students assisted throughout the week with the translation for the Brazilian team members.

The Sheriff’s Office Fall SRT school saw a 100 percent graduation from its participants.

EPCSO Graduation – Basic County Corrections Class 16-2

EPCSO Graduation – Basic County Corrections Class 16-2

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, Texas - Sheriff Richard D. Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office hosted  a graduation ceremony for the Basic County Corrections Class 16-2 on Friday, September 23rd, 2016.

The following cadets were appointed as Detention Officers:

1. Marco Campos

2. Ashley Joralmon

3. Jesus Ramirez

4. Priscilla Rillo

5. Leticia Romero

6. Ashley Rosiles

7. Ruben Serna

8. Edgar Valdivia

9. Leo Perry

10. Ricardo Quijas

11. James Albano

12. Alberto Bueno

13. Francisco Cardoza

14. Alejandro Chavez

15. Matthew Duran

16. Michael Herrera

17. Derek Martinez

18. Armando Morales

On behalf of Sheriff Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office; Congratulations to the Basic County Corrections Class 16-2.

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NEWS RELEASE-PHONE SCAM Public Service Announcement September 27, 2016

NEWS RELEASE-Public Service Announcement  September 27, 2016

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, Texas - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the citizens of El Paso County aware of a telephone scam that has claimed several victims. Several people around El Paso County have received phone calls from a person claiming to Dep. Paul Cross of the “Sheriff’s Department”. The scammer/OFFENDER claims that a jury summons was ignored and that there is a warrant for arrest for Jury duty Non-Attendance. The VICTIM is then told to buy Money Trax cards for varied amounts totaling $987.00 in most cases. The OFFENDER often asks the VICTIM to purchase two or more cards. The OFFENDER stated that this is a way to have the warrant recalled and a way to pay for the warrants. The OFFENDER further asks the VICTIM to meet him at 3850 Justice Rd. or 500 E. San Antonio in order to give him the money card. After the victim purchases the money cards, the scammer claims that he/she cannot meet and 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.  Mr. Ramirez stated that   If anyone has been a victim of this scam, 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 546-2282. The Sheriff’s office would like to let citizens know that they will never receive a call requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.

EPCSO PARTICIPATES IN LOCKDOWN DRILLS IN CANUTILLO ISD

EPCSO PARTICIPATES IN LOCKDOWN DRILLS IN CANUTILLO ISD

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The El Paso County Sheriffs’ Office deputies assigned to the Northwest Patrol Station in partnership with New Mexico State Police, Sunland Park Police Department, El Paso Police Department, and Canutillo ISD Police Department conducted lock-down drills at Canutillo Elementary, Middle, and High School campuses.

The drills were conducted from September 13th – 15th, 2016, and serve as a means of practicing preparedness in the event of an intruder or criminal act within the school. The drills were very successful and the participation of school staff was very positive. 

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EPCSO PAWS PARTICIPATE IN BEL AIR HOMECOMING PARADE

EPCSO PAWS PARTICIPATE IN BEL AIR HOMECOMING PARADE

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The El Paso County Sheriffs’ Office Pets Advancing Wellness and Success (PAWS) in Detention Section participated in the 2016 Bel Air Homecoming Parade on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016.

Officer Aguilar and Cpl. Camacho walked Canine Cadets Rosie and Memphis throughout the parade route and Lt. Hebeker, Sgt. Aguilar, and Cpl. Elizondo rode the float acknowledging the crowd while handing out giveaways such as pencils, baseballs, Frisbees, erasers to promote the Sheriff’s Office.  Bel Air High School Criminal Justice students, also walked alongside the float passing out candy and Sheriff’s Office giveaways.

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EPCSO PAWS @ THE RUNNING OF THE CHIHUAHUAS

EPCSO PAWS @ THE RUNNING OF THE CHIHUAHUAS

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The El Paso County Sheriffs’ Office Pets Advancing Wellness and Success (PAWS) in Detention Section participated in the annual “Running of the Chihuahuas” hosted by the Animal Rescue League of El Paso, on Saturday, September 17, 2016. PAWS in Detention set up a display/information booth. Officers provided event attendees with information on the vocational program and canine adoptions. Officers also assisted by judging the costume contest.

Congrats to this year's winners!

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EPCSO HOSTS FABENS COMMUNITY MEETING

EPCSO HOSTS FABENS COMMUNITY MEETING

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

Fabens, Texas - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Section, Patrol Bureau,  El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization and Lady of Guadalupe Church hosted a town hall meeting and block party for Fabens residents on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016.

Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Community Service Section and Patrol Bureau addressed community issues, questions or concerns.

                Topics discussed included the use of all-terrain vehicles on the roadways, curfew, animal control, drug interdiction, call response times, neighborhood watch and the overall safety of Fabens.

                Residents were provided with statistics regarding their community as well as other information and resources to address their concerns.

                Following the meeting, residents and Sheriff’s Office deputies took part in the block party.

Thank you to all who attended the meeting.

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RELEASE: EPCSO TO HOST FALL SRT SCHOOL

RELEASE:  EPCSO TO HOST FALL SRT SCHOOL

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Region VIII Academy will be hosting its SRT (Special Response Team) School, September 26th – 30th, 2016.

The school will provide training to Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers, ICE Detention Camp – CERT Teams, El Paso County Constables and 19 detention officers from the Brazil State of Santa Catarina.

The different agencies participating in this course have made the completion of this training a requirement for their officers. The Sheriff’s Office SRT course and instructors are highly recognized and the demand for the course is continuously growing.

The 30 plus officers will train on the following:  One Man Cell Extractions, Two-Man Tactics extractions, Riot/Civil Disturbance, and Hostage and Rescue in a Correctional Setting. The course will also feature a two-day Ju Jitsu Tactics Training by Brazilian Olympian Judo/MMA professional fighters. Both Sheriff’s Office Jail Facilities, Region VIII Academy Range and El Paso Coliseum will be used as training locations.

UTEP students will assist with the translation with Brazilian team members.

Training exercises are open to our media partners if you’d like to attend one of the sessions please contact Public Information Officer; Leslie Antunez at lantunez@epcounty.com.

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EPCSO PRESENTS BOOK DONATION TO MONTANA VISTA ELEMENTARY

EPCSO PRESENTS BOOK DONATION TO MONTANA VISTA ELEMENTARY

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(video courtesy of MVS Noticias)

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the East Montana Patrol Station presented a book donation the 3rd graders at Montana Vista Elementary on Friday, September 16, 2016. 

          Three hundred 3rd-grade National Geographic Reading Books were donated anonymously and deputies coordinated with Montana Vista Elementary and Red Sands Elementary to present the books to the students.  The books were presented to the students to encourage them to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STARR) test.

          Sheriff’s Office deputies presented the book donations to students at Montana Vista Elementary this morning, and to the students at Red Sands Elementary on Monday, September 12, 2016.

          The books donated are: http://ngl.cengage.com/assets/html/ngladders_pro0000000006/

Thank you to our media partners who assisted this mornings book presentation. To view a portion of the book presentation click on this link or the picture above.

“We Serve With Pride!”

RELEASE: EPCSO & EPISO TO HOST FABENS BLOCK PARTY

RELEASE:  EPCSO & EPISO TO HOST FABENS BLOCK PARTY

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Website: EPCSO.ORG

Fabens, Texas – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Section, Patrol Bureau,  El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization and Lady of Guadalupe Church will be hosting a block party on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 6:00p.m.

            The block party will allow for residents of Fabens to get to know that Sheriff’s Office and create a community connection. Sheriff’s Office deputies will also be on hand to answer community questions.

The block party is open to ALL members of the community and our media partners, the block party will begin at 6p.m., and will be held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Hall, located at 127 Main St. Fabens, Texas 79838. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Public Information Officer; Leslie Antunez at 915-538-2119.

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ICYMI: EPFD, EPPD, & EPCSO REMEMBER 9/11

ICYMI: EPFD, EPPD, & EPCSO REMEMBER 9/11

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On, Sunday, September 11th, 2016 the men and women of the El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Police Department

and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office paid tribute to those who 15 years ago lost their lives during the September 11th, 2001, attacks.

During the ceremony, a new 9/11 Memorial was also unveiled, “Rising Stronger.”

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