Law Enforcement Bureau

General Information

On behalf of the 170 plus employees assigned to the Law Enforcement Bureau, I welcome you to our respective web pages. The Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Bureau is comprised of three (3) divisions, the Emergency Services Division, Investigations Division, and Patrol Division, all tasked with carrying out the statutory responsibilities of the Sheriff, which include preserving the peace, executing writs, fire warden responsibilities, and search and rescue efforts.

The Emergency Services Division is the smallest of the three divisions but is augmented by several hundred volunteers. This Division is tasked with such duties as hazardous material clean up, wildland fire suppression and mitigation, search and rescue missions, and management of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) during natural disasters and/or adverse weather. The Investigations Division is tasked with investigating the most serious of crimes and those with discernable crime patterns. This Division combines old-fashioned police work with innovative technology in the fields of forensic science and computer science to assist in the investigation of homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, computer crimes, and other major offenses. Lastly, is the Patrol Division, which is the largest of the three (3) divisions and is responsible for patrolling the roughly 1,600 square miles and serving a population of about 165,000 citizens residing in the unincorporated area of El Paso County. In addition to preserving the peace, the division is tasked with a wide array of other responsibilities to include serving civil papers, fugitive apprehension, D.A.R.E., and school resource duties.

Please enjoy the Law Enforcement Bureau web pages and feel free to contact any of the dedicated and professional men and women of the Law Enforcement Bureau.

- Bureau Chief Al Harmon

The Law Enforcement Bureau is located at 27 East Vermijo Avenue, directly south of the courthouse.

General Information

Within the pages of this website are descriptions of the various Sections and Units that make up the Patrol Division. Each is designed to meet the needs of the community we serve in the most efficient and economical method possible.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division is comprised of three Sections including over one hundred twenty-five men and women dedicated to serve the public and preserve the peace for all who reside in or visit El Paso County.  With the passing of 1A, this number will be increasing significantly as we add approximately forty-four new deputies to the Patrol Division. This year and next will be challenging and exciting as we hire, train and deploy these additional deputies in support of the Sheriff’s Office mission.  This additional manpower will allow the Patrol Division to address some immediate needs and become more proactive in our policing and prevention of crime.  It will allow targeted enforcement and data driven deployment of our patrol resources and allow deputies to spend more time investigating and solving crime rather than taking a report before dashing off to the next call for service or reported crime.  Our goal is to prevent crime by deterring crime and arresting violators so they are unable to reoffend.  Additional deputies will further allow our members to work directly with the public on preventive programs to reduce crime before it occurs by educating the residential and business communities how to make their properties more crime resistant.

General Information

The Investigations Division is responsible for investigating the vast majority of felony cases against persons and property occurring in the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The division includes the Major Crimes Unit, General Investigations Unit, Sex Crimes Unit and the Financial/Computer Crimes Unit.  The Division is also responsible for the Evidence Facility, Victim Advocates and members of the Metro Crime Lab and Metro VNI.  The Division is led by a commander and is overseen by two lieutenants.

The Major Crimes Unit consists of a sergeant and five detectives.  This Unit is responsible for investigating cases involving crimes against persons.  These cases include suspicious deaths, homicide, aggravated robberies, kidnapping, major assaults and attempted murders.

The General Investigations Unit is supervised by a sergeant and is comprised of three detectives.  This Unit is responsible for property crimes, primarily conducting follow up on residential and business burglaries, theft, motor vehicle thefts and criminal trespass auto.

The Sex Crimes Unit consists of a sergeant, five detectives, and a sex offender coordinator.  This Unit is responsible for investigating all sexual related offenses.  These include, but are not limited to sexual assault, child molestation, luring, and incest.  The Unit is also responsible for conducting compliance checks on registered sex offenders, maintaining a database of registered sex offenders and providing awareness to the public of sexually violent predators.

The Financial/Computer Crimes Unit consists of a sergeant and five detectives.  This Unit is responsible for investigating financial and computer related crimes.  This includes identity theft, fraud, forgery, financially related scams, organized crime, sexual exploitation of children, and computer related crimes.

The two-person Evidence Unit receives, stores, and maintains all of the evidence taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this section handles found property, impounded vehicles, and pieces of property held for safekeeping.

Members of the Victims Assistance Program respond to victims of violent crime and/or their families, victims in crisis, and family survivors in cases of violent and sudden death. Victim advocates are non-sworn, civilian employees and volunteers of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office who are available 365 days a year. These advocates provide outreach and assess the needs of victims, provide information and referrals about resources in the community, victims’ compensation benefits, and education and awareness of victims’ rights. Advocates work in cooperation with other community service provider agencies.

The Metro VNI section is a multi-agency task force partially comprised of members of our agency. The purpose of this section is to reduce crimes that involve illegal drug activity and acts that are contradictory to community morals.

The men and women of the Investigations Division take great pride in the trust that is bestowed upon them as investigators. They desire nothing more than to be the voice of victims as they seek out the truth from the beginning stages of an investigation until it concludes in the prosecution of individuals responsible for the crime.

General Information

On behalf of all the professional First Responders in the Emergency Services Division  (ESD) I would like to welcome you to our webpage. The Emergency Services Division is responsible for coordinating forest and prairie fire response, fire investigations in unincorporated county areas, search and rescue, hazardous material response,  and for operating the County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

To support each of these statutory requirements, the Emergency Services Division is supported by the El Paso County Search and Rescue, the Sheriff's Hazardous Material Response Team, the El Paso County Wildland Fire Team, and the Sheriff's Fire Investigation's Team. These  Teams are supported by over 150 volunteer responders who are dedicated professionals in their career fields. The Emergency Operations Center is currently located at 101 West Costilla, with a new building planned for in 2014,  which will combine all of the ESD resources under one roof. The EOC provides for the coordination of all requirements for any emergency or disaster that affects the County. The Emergency Operations Center is also supported by the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency (RACES) who are amateur radio operators that provide backup and augmented radio communications to the Emergency Operations Center.

Citizens Emergency Response Training (CERT)

In the event of a major disaster, your county law enforcement, fire services, and emergency services resources could be stretched beyond their capabilities. As a County we want our citizens to be prepared to face any situation that may affect their lives. Being prepared to be self sufficient for the the first 72 hours following a disaster of any kind is the goal and reason for the CERT program. The Sheriff has  directed the ESD to design and implement the CERT program to accomplish the the goal of enhancing the safety of all El Paso County citizens.

For those interested in the disaster and emergency preparedness classes please refer to our Citizens Emergency Response Training (CERT) program. This training is offered approximately four times per year starting in January 2014, available to the general public, businesses, faith based organizations, and various clubs to participate, all at no cost to you.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these teams, or for more information concerning the Emergency Services Division please contact us at (719) 575-8400. Acceptance on these teams requires a background investigation and the willingness to volunteer many hours for training and response operations.