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  • Region VIII Academy
  • Academy Home - About the Academy - Training - Staff
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  • Staff
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  • Lt. Jack Waite
  • Training Director
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  • Jack Waite served in the United States Army as an aviator prior to beginning his law enforcement career. Jack is a 30 year veteran with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. He is currently assigned as the Training Director where he oversees operations, research, policy development and training for the agency and region. Jack’s law enforcement career includes assignments with the Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations Bureau, Detention, Administration and the Training Academy.
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  • He possesses a Master Peace Officer license, is a TCLEOSE instructor, firearms instructor and armorer. Jack is also a graduate of the 182nd Session of the FBI National Academy, a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has a Commercial Pilot Certificate.
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  • George Holden, DM
  • Assistant Training Director
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  • Mr. George Holden served 20 years with the United States Army and retired as a First Sergeant on 1 January, 1997. He joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office on June 2, 1997 and served as a detention officer for 7 years; three of those years as an instructor at the training academy. Mr. Holden was assigned to the training academy as a civilian instructor on January 1, 2005. He earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from El Paso Community College in 2004. Mr. Holden was inducted into the National Scholars Honor Society in 2005.
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  • He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Park University in October 2007. Upon graduation from Park University, he was entered into the National Dean’s List. He earned his Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security at the University of Phoenix in June of 2009. Mr. Holden is currently working on his Doctorate Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Holden has been teaching terrorism and criminal justice classes at El Paso Community College for the past Seven years.
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  • He is a Certified TCLEOSE instructor, Advanced certified in Critical Incident Stress Management, PR-24 Instructor, O.C. Instructor, Defensive Driving Instructor, Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association, First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross, Certified TASER Instructor, PPCT Certified Instructor, Physical Fitness Specialist certified by the Cooper institute.
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  • Deputy Robert Graziano
  • Instructor
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  • US ARMY Instructor, US ARMY master Physical fitness Instructor, TCLEOSE Instructor, certified TCLEOSE Firearms Instructor, Carbine/Rifle Instructor, Lowlight CQB Instructor, OC Instructor, Specialty Impact munitions Instructor, Distraction device and chemical munitions Instructor, PPCT Defensive tactics Instructor, Taser Instructor, Enhanced Active shooter resolution Instructor.
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  • Robert Graziano served 13 years with the United States Army. Robert is a 12 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office. He is an Assistant team Leader of the Sheriff’s S.W.A.T team and is a Senior Instructor at the El Paso County Sheriffs Training academy. Robert is responsible for Firearms, Tactical training, Defensive tactics and Basic Peace officer training.
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  • Deputy Robert Rojas
  • Instructor
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  • Deputy Robert C. Rojas has been with the Sheriff’s Office since July 2001 and is an Advanced Texas Peace Officer. He holds an Instructor Certificate from Texas Commission on Law. Deputy Rojas is currently assigned to the Region VIII Training Academy in El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Support Services Section as an Instructor. Deputy Rojas has been assigned to the Region VIII Training Academy since January 2012. His current duties are coordinating in-service training, on-line training, administering State Exams, and coordinating Entry Level Academies for both Law Enforcement and Corrections. Deputy Rojas is a Drug Recognition Expert (IACP/Sam Houston State), Special Investigator (TCOLE), Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor (TCOLE), Certified Firearms Instructor (TCOLE), Defensive Tactics Instructor (PPCT), TASER Instructor, and AED/BLS Instructor (American Heart Association). Deputy Rojas is also an Advanced Crash Investigator and Certified Breath Test Operator. Deputy Rojas also holds an Instructor Certificates for Police Driving, Firearms, and Radar/Lidar. Deputy Rojas is also a Physical Fitness Specialist certified by the Cooper institute.
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  • Deputy Angelica Becerra
  • Instructor
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  • Deputy Angelica Becerra is a 20 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. In 2008, Deputy Becerra became a member of the Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team and is a member of the Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators. She has served the public through the Sheriff’s Office Community Services Section and the Public Affairs Office. Deputy Becerra has a Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University and is the Mental Health Liaison for the Sheriff’s Office. She is currently assigned to the Region VIII Training Academy as a certified TCLEOSE instructor where she coordinates in-service training, on-line training, administers exams and entry level Academies for both Law Enforcement and Corrections.
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  • Mr. Edward Bunton
  • Range Master
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  • 20 years of Law Enforcement experience, Retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after 16 ½ years, 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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  • TCLEOSE Instructor, TCLEOSE Firearms Instructor, FBI Firearms and Sub-Machine Gun Instructor, Taser Instructor and PPCT Defensive Tactics Instructor. Glock & Colt Armorer.
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  • Elizabeth Barraza
  • Office Specialist
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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 additional duties that entail purchasing, budget, and blackboard administrator.
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  • Lorena Martinez
  • Clerk
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  • Mrs. Lorena Martinez has been with the department since 2004, transferred to the Academy May 2005. 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 Library.
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