El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938
Public Information Officer, Mariano Valle
Office: (915) 538-2119
“We Serve With Pride”
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a program to help troubled youth this summer. School Resource Officers assigned to Clint ISD will participate in the Teen And Police Service (T.A.P.S.) Academy. The academy is an 11 week program primarily designed for at-risk youth. Students partner with mentor officers to discuss issues such as: bullying, anger management, avoidance of gang life, drug usage, conflict management and many other youth and law enforcement focused topics. Through these interactive sessions, students gain skills to make better and more positive decisions in their lives.
One of the primary goals of this program is to strengthen communities by encouraging at-risk youth and law enforcement to work together. Within the 11 week program students and officers engage in 2 community service projects. These projects encourage youth and their families to participate in their communities and help make them a better place to live and work.
Another positive effect from the program is that the social distance between at-risk youth and law enforcement is diminished. TAPS creates an environment where law enforcement and youth learn from each other, build relationships, and discuss better ways to manage adverse situations.
The Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a 9 week TAPS program in collaboration with Clint ISD and the Juvenile Probation Department. The academy will be for 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs), and runs from June 16th to August 14th. There will be between 18 and 24 youth participating in the academy.
**THERE WILL BE A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS THURSDAY (June 12th) AT EAST MONTANA MIDDLE SCHOOL LOCATED AT 3490 ASCENSION THAT WILL BEGIN AT 12:30pm. ALL MEDIA IS WELCOME.**
At the press conference will be the founders of the Teen And Police Service (T.A.P.S.) academy who are listed below.
Dr. Everette B. Penn: TAPS Co-founder and Associate Professor of Criminology at University of Houston – Clear Lake
As a criminologist, Dr. Penn has numerous publications and international presentations on youth, crime prevention, race and crime. He is the co-author of the book Race and Juvenile Justice and author of Texas Juvenile Justice. He brings the academic rigor and practical community crime prevention experience to lead TAPS Academy as Founder and Principle Investigator.
Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin (Ret.): TAPS Co-founder, East Patrol Command, Houston Police Department
A 30 year veteran of the Houston Police department, Assistant Chief Lumpkin (Ret.) is assigned to East Patrol Command which oversee the patrol operations at four patrol stations. His career and leadership in law enforcement is vital in managing the law enforcement mentors of TAPS Academy-Houston including personnel and participation. Chief Lumpkin’s leadership has been instrumental in launching the TAPS Academy program
For more information, please contact Commander G. Lopez at 915-538-2123