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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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  • George Holden, DM
  • Assistant Training Director
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  • Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. 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. Dr. Holden earned his Doctorate Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership at the University of Phoenix in 2014. Dr. Holden has been teaching terrorism and criminal justice classes at El Paso Community College for the past eight years.
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  • He is a Certified TCOLE 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, and the administrator for the online Blackboard System.
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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 Mariano Valle
  • Instructor
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  • Deputy Valle first joined the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1999. He graduated from the Detention Officer Academy and was assigned to the El Paso County Detention Facility located in downtown El Paso. While assigned there, he worked in the booking section and records section making sure all arrest paperwork was in order. He also made sure all prisoners were properly searched, finger printed, and booked. In April of 2001 Deputy Valle successfully passed the requirements for the Peace Officer academy and attended for 6 months.
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  • After successful completion of the academy in August of 2001, Deputy Valle began his career as a Peace Officer. Deputy Valle has worked out of all of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol stations and has been an acting supervisor. He has also been assigned to Special Operations where he worked with the FBI as a Task Force Officer. He has also been assigned as a School Resource Officer and Community Resource Officer helping in schools and doing other projects like neighborhood watch programs.
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  • Deputy Valle has also been assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Strike Team where he was a major contributor to the creation of a gang unit. He was also the Public Information Officer for the Sheriff’s Office and worked closely with the Sheriff’s Office administration and local media releasing important public information to the community. Deputy Valle has several certifications to include, Instructor certification, Firearms Instructor certification, Mental Health Officer certification, and has a Master Peace Officer certification. He is an active member of the Crisis Negotiations Team and is looking forward to graduate soon from Lamar University where he will obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Criminal Justice.
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  • Deputy Oscar Torres
  • Instructor
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  • Deputy Oscar Torres has been with the Sheriff’s Office since November 1998. He began his career at the Jail Annex and was an active member of the Special Response Team. He was also a member of the Gang Intelligence unit which was instrumental in quelling several disturbances while in that capacity. He was selected for the Peace Officers academy and was deputized in 2003. Upon the completion of his Field Training Officer Program, he was assigned to the East Montana Patrol Station. While there he served as a Field Training Officer until his transfer. In 2005 he was selected to become a member of the Sheriff’s Office Street Crime Interdiction Tactical Unit (SCI-TAC). While there his high proactive style of policing led him to several high profile narcotics possession arrests along with other notable accomplishments. He was the Unit’s Liaison with the Border Patrol Intelligence Unit and Regional Gang Intelligence Section.
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  • In 2007 Deputy Torres was selected to join the Sheriff’s Office Special Traffic Investigation Section as a follow up investigator. While there he conducted follow-up investigations that led to several closures and even arrests on motor vehicle accident cases. In 2008 Deputy Torres went back to Patrol as an FTO and was assigned to the East Montana Patrol Station. There he trained over 3 newly assigned patrolmen. In 2010 Deputy Torres was assigned to the Criminal Investigation / Civil process section. While there he was instrumental in ensuring the backlog of civil papers that needed to be served was back to acceptable levels.
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  • In 2011 Deputy Torres was selected to become a member of the Sheriff’s Office Strike Team/ Gang Intelligence unit. Again while there he was instrumental in conducting successful high profile investigations that led to arrests. He gained respectable undercover and surveillance experience. He was also responsible for the re-establishment of the street gang intelligence unit for the law enforcement aspect of the agency. In 2013 Deputy Torres returned to the Patrol Section as an Acting Sergeant. In 2014 Deputy Torres was assigned to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Region VIII Training Academy as a Deputy Instructor. Deputy Torres is an Advanced Texas Peace Officer and holds his TCOLE Instructor License. Deputy Torres is also a Certified Mental Health Peace Officer, Taser Instructor, S.P.E.A.R. System Instructor, P.P.C.T. Defensive Tactics Instructor, National Traffic Safety Institute Instructor and an active member of the Crisis Negotiation Team where he has been for the past 10 years. He is active volunteer for March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Combined Charities Campaign, Salvation Army, Christmas Angels Program, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of El Paso and Severe Weather Task Force.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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