June 2015 - Posts

RELEASE: THIRD EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICER CERTIFIED AS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID INSTRUCTOR

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – Sheriff Richard Wiles congratulates Detention Officer Yvette Rodriguez for being certified by Mental Health First Aid USA as an instructor in adult Mental Health First Aid course.

Officer Rodriguez achieved her certification after completing and passing a 5-day interactive training. Rodriguez may now instruct an 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

During training students learn about depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders. They are taught to use the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan to assist:

Assess for risk of suicide or harm.

Listen without judgment.

Give reassurance and information.

Encourage appropriate professional help.

Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

A partnership with the El Paso del Norte Health Foundation has allowed the certification of two previous Mental Health First Aid instructors who have trained 31 supervisors (Commanders, Lieutenants, and Sergeants), 60 Corporals and 24 Detention Officers have also been trained in the past six months.

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RELEASE: EPCSO TAPS SUMMER ACADEMY

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office summer TAPS academy will visit the Ft. Bliss Family MWR Outdoor Recreation Tango Tower on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.

The TAPS students will be participating in a challenge course at the Ft. Bliss Family MWR Outdoor Recreation Tango Tower.  The Tango Tower is a 50 foot high, six sided structure with over 20 different high elements.

This program is the summer element of the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Program, within the Clint Independent School District.  The students selected for this program are referrals from the County Juvenile Probation Department, the County Justices of the Peace or the Clint ISD Alternative Education Program.

  Each of the 25 students has had to overcome adversity, personal challenges and legal issues.  Through the Summer TAPS Academy the students are able to interact with Sheriff’s Deputies, reducing social distance with law enforcement, and recover academic credits, with the assistance of Clint Independent School District.

The TAP’s summer activity is open to our media partners if you’d like to attend Thursday’s activity please contact Public Information Officer; Leslie Antunez at lantunez@epcounty.com .

 

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RELEASE: 100% GRADUATION FOLLOWING EPCSO SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM SCHOOL

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office held a Special Response Team (SRT) School from June 22nd – 26th, 2015.

This SRT school saw a 100 percent passing rate for its 19 trainees following the week long intensive training.

Trainees focused on tactics and techniques in inmate control, force training, riot control, and other emergency situations . The 19 trainees also became Taser and PepperBall certified.

"The most important thing about the school is that they become certified in techniques and tactics, and the most important thing is the safety of the inmate they need to extract.” - Officer Luis Trevino.

“(We learn) to control our movements and not to take things personally and to be able to manage the situation better. Not to just go in there and let the adrenaline kick in." – Detention Officer Juriana Galeano.

This SRT school trained 15 Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers, and 4 detention officers from Curitiba Brazil.

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RELEASE: EPCSO RESPONDS TO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON TRANSMOUNTAIN ROAD.

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Transmountain Road mile marker 20 just before 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, in reference to a motorcycle accident.

The motorcyclist was traveling west bound on Transmountain Road near mile marker 20.

The motorcyclist a male approximately 30 years of age. Motorcyclist went off the roadway due to unknown reason at this time.

The motorcyclist was transported by El Paso Fire Department EMS to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Special Traffic Investigation unit was requested on scene, the investigation will continue.

RELEASE: EPCSO TO INCREASE DWI PATROLS

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing DWI patrols for a 10-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. 

Beginning Friday, June 26 – July 7, Sheriff’s Deputies will be focusing on DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.  “The Fourth of July weekend is a patriotic time to celebrate responsibly, don’t drink and drive!

Use designated drivers; our Deputies will be out in full force keeping El Paso roadways safe,” says Sheriff Richard Wiles.  “One drink is too many, when getting behind the wheel; this is a NO-REFUSAL County and we will be out looking for DWIs.”

Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. According to data from NHTSA, during July 4th holiday period over the last five years (from 2009 to 2013), 750 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more. These fatalities account for 39% percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period. 

The increased patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  According to TxDOT, Independence Day traditionally ranks among the deadliest holiday periods on Texas highways as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

RELEASE: SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM SCHOOL

UPDATE: PHOTO ALBUM INCLUDED

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is holding a Special Response Team (SRT) School from June 22nd – 26th, 2015.

SRT squad members are trained to respond to violent inmates, riots, and other emergency situations using the least amount of force necessary to control the situation.

The school is currently training 15 Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers, and 4 detention officers from Curitiba Brazil. The Brazilian SRT team heard about the Sheriff’s Office SRT program and they sent their best officers so they can take back and train their personnel in prison operations.

This morning the trainees completed a grueling obstacle course, and they will continue their training throughout the week.

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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RELEASE: EPCSO EXPLORER POST 2005 TRAINING

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 2005 is busy getting ready for competition.

This week they are conducting live exercises, and classroom instruction on various subjects to prepare them for upcoming combined training and competition.

During this week’s training Explorers will learn how to perform daily tasks Sheriff’s Office deputies encounter on a daily basis such as: arrest and search, burglary in progress, traffic stop, obstacle course and active shooter.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 will host the 1st Annual Law Enforcement Explorer Post Training and Competition. It will be held on July 6-10, 2015 at the Texas National Army Reserve Center located at 11701 Montana. Post attending consists of Border Patrol, El Paso Police, El Paso Sheriffs, Anthony and Horizon Police. There will be approximately 150 explores participating and 20 post advisors to assist.

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Visit our YouTube page at the link below to see what else the EPCSO Explorers were up to this week.

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RELEASE: CRIMESTOPPERS – 1ST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER.

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - Sheriff Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office along with the Sheriff’s Explorers are hosting the 1st Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser to benefit Crimestoppers of El Paso, Inc. 

The golf tournament will be held on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at Painted Dunes Desert Golf Course starting at 1:00 p.m.

The tournament is open to all, if you are interested in signing up a team please contact tournament director Chris Acosta at (915) 538-2223 or (915) 479-0797.

 

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RELEASE: CANUTILLO HEIGHTS CLEAN UP

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

Canutillo, TX – The Canutillo Heights neighborhood is all cleaned up following the joint efforts of El Paso County Sheriff deputies, explorers and the Canutillo Heights Neighborhood Watch (CHNW) on Saturday June, 6th, 2015.

The clean up was coordinated by Deputy Michael Reyes, and the CHNW. Three Sheriff’s Office deputies, 11 Sheriff’s Office explorers, and 20 families from the Canutillo Heights neighborhood took part in the clean up.

The clean up consisted of picking up trash, pulling weeds and dead plant life.

During the clean up Sheriff’s Office explorers came across a residence where the homeowners were disabled and could not tend to their yard, the explorers took the opportunity and helped the homeowners with the yard work needed at their residence.

If anyone in this subdivision is interested in joining this neighborhood watch program, you can contact the Sheriff’s Office Community Service section at (915) 852-4131.

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RELEASE: EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PASSES ANNUAL INSPECTION BY TEXAS COMMISSION ON JAIL STANDARDS.

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) recently completed its annual inspection of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facilities. 

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards sets rules and procedures establishing minimum standards for the construction, maintenance, and operation of county jails; for the custody, care, and treatment of prisoners; for the number of jail supervisory personnel; and for programs and services to meet the needs of prisoners.

The purpose of the annual inspection is to review and ensure compliance to the over 600 standards mandated by the Commission.  Safety equipment, such as fire hoses, fire alarms, smoke evacuation, and Scot Air packs were inspected and emergency drills were conducted and observed.  Inspectors reviewed booking, classification, releasing processes. Inmate files and health service records were reviewed for accuracy and compliance. Discipline and grievance records were inspected.  Visitation procedures, recreation records, religious practices policies, and correspondence policies were audited for compliance. 

A walk-through of both facilities was conducted where the inspectors verified that all facility equipment in inmate occupied areas was operational.   The facilities were inspected for cleanliness and sanitation procedures were reviewed. The Food Service sections and inmate menus were inspected and reviewed.  The Health Services sections were inspected and reviewed.

After the four-day unannounced inspection was complete, both facilities were found to be in compliance.

The inspectors commented on the consistently compliant results of our inspections, noting that our facilities are among the best in the State.  They spoke highly of the degree of pride and professionalism displayed by all Sheriff’s Office employees.

  “The reason our facilities pass these rigorous inspections every year is due to the hard work and dedication of our detention officers and staff.” said Sheriff Richard Wiles. Additionally, the Sheriff acknowledges the continued support of the County Judge, and County Commissioners.

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2015 EPCSO YOUTH ACADEMY.

SHERIFF RICHARD WILES AND THE EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVITES LOCAL TEENS AGES 13-18 WITH AN INTEREST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2015 YOUTH ACADEMY.

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What: Youth law enforcement academy.

Where: Sheriff’s office region viii training academy

12501 Montana Ave.

When: June 29th – July 2nd, 2015

Time: 8:00am – 12:30pm

Topics discussed will be from various sections within the sheriff’s office.

Free to all participants

Youth academy is open to teens ages13-18.

All participants will be asked to provide their own transportation to and from the training academy.

If a person has reached the age of 18 and has graduated from high school they will not be eligible for the youth academy, but may enroll in the adult citizens academy.

Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Class size is limited

applicants will be contacted to confirm their enrollment/acceptance.

You may pick up a registration packet at any of the following locations

Sheriff’s headquarters – 3850 Justice Dr. / 538-2119

Montana station – 12501 Montana ave. / 856-4875

Clint station – 190 n. san elizario / 851-3287

Vinton station – 436 e. Vinton / 886-2724

Or download forms at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YYV0IC1ACfc-vB5_TSLIgJcSkSJilC0cbD998cDJ3MA/edit?usp=sharing

all applications must be returned to Sheriff’s headquarters by June 24th, 2015

For more information please contact public information officer Leslie Antunez at 915-538-2119

EPCSO “CLICK IT OR TICKET” RESULTS

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Click It or Ticket” operation from May 18th through May 31st, 2015.

The operation provided funding for additional deputies to patrol streets and communities to focus on seatbelt enforcement.

Sheriff’s Office deputies issued the following citations as a result of the operation:

· 196 - Citations issued to adults for not wearing seatbelts.

· 34 - Citations issued for unrestrained children.

· 54 - Citations for non-hazardous violations.

· 6 - Citations for hazardous moving violations.

· 2 - Citations for speeding violations.

· 1 - Citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Driver or passenger, front or back seat, state law requires everyone in the vehicle to be buckled up. Not buckling up could cost you up to $200 in court costs and fines. Or, it could cost you your life.

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EPCSO Promotion Ceremony.

 

 

 

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office hosted a promotion ceremony on Monday, June 1st, 2015.

Sheriff Richard Wiles promoted sixteen detention officers to Corporals, and one of our administrative assistants.

Sheriff Wiles along with the Sheriff’s Office would again like to CONGRATULATE, those individuals honored at the ceremony on their promotion.

RELEASE: UNATTENDED DEATH IN WEST EL PASO COUNTY.

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX -  At 2:21p.m the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received information of a shooting that occurred in Anthony, NM on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015.

At 2:28 p.m. Sheriff's Office patrol units spotted a vehicle meeting the description of the possible suspect vehicle on I -10 east bound.

At 2:31 p.m. the possible suspect vehicle was stopped near the intersection of S. Desert Blvd. and Coates Dr. in El Paso, TX.

At this time the Sheriff's Office Crimes Investigation Bureau, Crimes Against Persons, and Crime Scene Investigators are on scene.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the occupant of the vehicle has deceased as result of a self inflicted gunshot wound. No further information is available at this time.

RELEASE: EPCSO LAUNCHES BURGLARY OF VEHICLE PREVENTION

 

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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

3850 Justice Dr., El Paso, Texas 79938

Contact: Leslie Antunez / Public Information Officer

Office: (915) 538-2119

Mobile: (915) 479-1678

Email: lantunez@epcounty.com

Website: EPCSO.ORG

El Paso, TX - The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Montana Patrol Station will launch an initiative Monday, June 8th, 2015, targeting burglaries of vehicle in the residential areas of El Paso County, particularly Montana Station districts.

During the operation, deputies from the Montana Station will target residential areas and distribute informative brochures to the residents of our community, giving them tips and suggestions on protecting themselves from such an intrusive crime.

Thanks to the efforts of Sgt. Robert Horstman, this operation will focus on deterring this particular crime, by educating and informing the public on ways they can help prevent such crime. As we have seen in the past, many of these burglaries can be prevented by taking preventive measures.     

Furthermore, this will give our deputies the opportunity to interact with the residents of the districts they patrol, and the residents will be able to get to know our deputies.

 

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