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  • Region VIII Academy
  • Academy Home - About the Academy - Training - Staff
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  • Staff
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  • Lt. Jose Chairez
  • Training Director
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  • Lt Joe A. Chairez Jr. is a 30 year veteran of the El Paso county Sheriff’s Office. He is currently assigned as the Region VIII Academy Training Director. He is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) Leadership Command College. He has an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from El Paso Community College. He is a certified TCOLE instructor and holds a Master Jailer License. He is a former SRT Commander and former Gang Intel (STGIU) Commander. He has extensive experience and knowledge in corrections and has been the Acting Commander for both the El Paso County Detention Facility and Jail Annex. He has held every administrative/operational position at both facilities.
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  • Deputy Angelica Becerra
  • Senior Instructor
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  • Deputy Angelica Becerra is a 21 year veteran with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Becerra has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1993 and holds a Master Jailer License & Master Peace Officer License. Deputy Becerra has 11 years of experience within the Detention Division where she became a member of the Special Response Team and achieved the rank of Detention Corporal. During her tenure as a Deputy, she became a member of the Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team and currently serves as a mental health liaison for the Patrol Division. She has served the public through the Sheriff’s Office Community Services Section as a school resource officer and the Public Affairs Office as a Public Information Officer. She has a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and an Associate of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement. Deputy Becerra is currently assigned to the Region VIII Training Academy as a certified TCOLE instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor (PPCT), TASER instructor, AED/BLS Instructor (American Heart Association), and is certified as an Instructor through the National Traffic Safety Institute (Defensive Driving). Deputy Becerra coordinates in-service training, Blackboard on-line training, administers exams and entry level Academies for both Law Enforcement and Corrections.
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  • Deputy Luis Trevino
  • Instructor
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  • Officer Luis “Tree” Trevino started his Career in August of 1997 and is now an a 18 year veteran with the El Paso Sheriff’s Office. Detention Officer Trevino holds a Texas Jailer and a Instructor certificate from Texas Commission on Law. He was a Member and Team Leader for the Special Response Teams for 15 years and now is Lead Trainer for the SRT. Officer Trevino is currently assigned to the Region VIII Training Academy. His current duties are coordinating in-service training, administering State Exams, and coordinates entry level academies for Corrections. Officer Trevino is a (PPCT)Pressure Point Control Tactics instructor, (GAGE) Ground Avoidance Ground Escape instructor, BLAUER Tactical systems S.P.E.A.R. instructor, Conducted Electronic Weapon-TASER instructor, Monadnock PR24 Side Handle Baton instructor, Pepperball systems/Armor instructor, O.C. Projectiles instructor, American Heart Association/AED instructor, CATI-Tactical Vehicle Extraction and Chemical Agents in Law Enforcement-Specialty Impact Munitions, Chemical Munitions, Distraction Devices (FBI) instructor, and Mobile Field/Riot Instructor.
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  • Officer Trevino is a Member/Instructor for the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association also known as T.T.P.O.A. and has taught at the SWAT conferences. Officer Trevino is coordinator and Lead Trainer of the Special Response Team Tactical School where he has trained agencies through-out the United States and other Countries. He is also an Instructor for the Advanced Center for Immobilization techniques (CATI) and Team Six Brazil team based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Officer Trevino has taught on the International level through-out South America and Mexico. He was lead instructor at the 1st Annual Prison Tactical School in Santa Catarina, Brazil and was in charged in training officers from Brazil on Riot/Disturbance, techniques in preparing them for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics games.
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  • On his off-time He teaches at the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy and Volunteers helping at-risk youth by teaching them Boxing skills at his gym. He is the coordinator of the Law Enforcement Boxing event called “Clash of the Titans” which all proceeds go to The El Paso Sheriffs Morale Welfare Committee.
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  • Deputy Correy D. Harrison
  • Instructor
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  • Deputy Correy D. Harrison started his career in 2006 with the El Paso Police Department. During his law enforcement career, Deputy Harrison served as a Patrol Officer and as a member of the Crime Scene Unit Major Callout Team. Deputy Harrison was awarded the Bobby Madrid Award in 2007 and received several Division Commendations while assigned to the Mission Valley Regional Command. In 2010 Deputy Harrison promoted to the rank of Detective during where he also served as a Regional Director of the Texas Narcotic Officer’s Association also known as TNOA.
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  • Deputy Harrison joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 and was assigned to the Northwest Patrol Station. Deputy Harrison is currently assigned to El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Region VIII Training Academy and is a TCOLE Certified Instructor. Deputy Harrison holds a Master Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), a Master of Science degree in the Administration of Justice and Security, holds a Firearms Instructor Certification, and has over 5,800 hours of law enforcement specific training.
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  • Deputy Harrison is an Irvin High School graduate and a former two-time Divison 1 Discus Champion from the University of Texas at El Paso. He is an advocate for living a healthy active lifestyle in the community. He also coordinates and coaches the annual “Toy Drive Fit Camp” that he started in 2014. This event benefits children in need during the holiday season within the El Paso community.
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  • Mr. Edward Bunton
  • Range Master
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  • Mr. Bunton has been with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office since March 2011. He is currently the Region VIII Training Academy Range Master in charge of the office’s firearms training and qualifications. He has 20 years of law enforcement experience, retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after 16 ½ years. Mr. Bunton was a Field Training Officer, Custody Division Line Supervisor, former Special Enforcement Bureau – Special Weapons Team Member (SWAT), and assigned at the Advanced Officer Training Bureau, Weapons Training Unit – Laser Village.
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  • Mr. Bunton possessed an Advanced Peace Officer Certificate from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training from the State of California. Throughout his career he attended specialized training and was an Instructor who was certified in the following subjects: Special Weapons and Tactics School Instructor, Arwen 37 Instructor and Armorer, Diversionary Device / Stingball Instructor, and Short Handle Baton Instructor ( both PR-24 and Handler 12 ), He was also an Officer Safety and Field Tactics Instructor, Oleoresin Capsicum Instructor, Chemical Weapons and Agents Instructor, Training for Trainers Instructor, Dignitary Protection and Caravan Driving Instructor. Additional areas of certification were Aircraft Hijacking Assault School Instructor, Long Rifle Counter-Sniper Weapons Instructor, Situational Planning and Tactical Diagramming Instructor, TCLEOSE Instructor, TCLEOSE Firearms Instructor, FBI Firearms, Sub-Machine Gun and Long Rifle Instructor, Taser Instructor, PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor and AED-CPR-BLS Instructor. He is also a certified Glock & Colt Armorer.
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  • Priscilla Telles
  • Detention Officer
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  • Priscilla Telles started her career in November of 1998 and is now a 17 year veteran with the El Paso Sheriff’s Office. Officer Telles holds a Texas Jailer license and has received her advanced certificate from Texas Commission on Law. During her time working at the downtown facility she obtained her handgun, shotgun and Taser certifications. Officer Telles has completely seventy-two credit hours from El Paso Community College. Officer Telles has trained and become knowledgeable in various areas of the jail. In May of 2002 Officer Telles was transferred to operations section of the downtown facility. During her time in operations, she was trained in various sections such as law library, mailroom, female laundry distribution, recreation, and escorting inmates to and from court daily ensuring the safety of everyone. Officer Telles has also served in the transportation of inmates to prisons and state hospitals across Texas. During her last eight years in operations Officer Telles became the tour guide of the downtown facility. Her tours consisted of Law Enforcement, Civilians, and Eye Openers tours. Officer Telles also visited numerous public schools and alternative schools and gave presentations to inform the public on our duties within the community and the consequences of making bad choices. Officer Telles has successfully completed the Basic Instructor course and became a certified TCOLE Instructor and is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has recently become part of the El Paso Sheriff’s Office Region VIII Training Academy.
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  • Elizabeth Barraza
  • Administrative Assistant
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  • Mrs. Elizabeth Barraza has been with the department since April 2003, transferred to the Academy January 2008. She is responsible for recording and reporting In-service training. Maintains officer’s training files and assists officers with Department mandated training, TCLEOSE Certification & Legislative requirements. Mrs. Barraza’s additional duties entail purchasing, budget, and as a blackboard administrator.
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  • Nancy Romero
  • Clerk
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  • Nancy Romero was a former volunteer and is now a full time employee at the training academy. She ensures that the State Curriculum is adhered to, maintains the lesson plans Master File. She is in charge of recording and reporting Basic Licensing Commission Courses. Assists officers with Department mandated training, TCLEOSE Certification & Legislative requirements. She maintains, organizes and categorizes the academy’s inventory, archives and maintains the library. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, El Paso.
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