Patrol Division

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.

The Patrol Section

The Patrol Section is the heart of the Law Enforcement Bureau of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The Section is divided into three overlapping shifts more commonly known as Day Shift, Swing Shift and Mid Shift. The overlapping hours between these three shifts are strategically designed to ensure the community maximum law enforcement coverage during the hours of greatest need based on historical data and learned behavior. The Patrol Section also includes the Report Authority Unit, the Rural Enforcement and Outreach Unit and the Crime Analyst.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division is comprised of over one hundred twenty-five men and women dedicated to serving the public and preserving the peace for all who reside in or visit El Paso County.  Thanks to the passing of the 1A Public Safety Tax, We have been able to hire and train new deputies to help us build up our numbers to a level enabling us to better respond to the increasing calls for service. We are continuing the important process of properly raining and deploying these additional deputies in support of the Sheriff’s Office mission.  As a result of this additional manpower we can be more proactive in our policing and prevention of crime.  It is allowing targeted enforcement and data driven deployment of our patrol resources and our deputies are better able to spend more time investigating and solving crime rather than just taking reports and 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.  The additional deputies 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 about how to make their properties more crime resistant.

These efforts are directly in line with, and originate from the Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.) philosophy. C.O.P is not a special program or unit, but a universal philosophy, which brings our community together. It is a proactive problem solving approach to law enforcement intended to increase the quality of life for citizens in the community by reducing crime. C.O.P. is accomplished by providing community based law enforcement services through the application of proactive and preventive enforcement strategies derived from partnerships within the community. It promotes the building of trusting relationships between the law enforcement officers and the community they serve. This helps to solve the problems that cause crime by working with agencies, organizations, businesses, and the citizens within the community to identify problems which may not be readily apparent to the law enforcement officer.

The Patrol Section is the heart of the Law Enforcement Bureau of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.  The Section is divided into three overlapping shifts more commonly known as Day Shift, Swing Shift and Mid Shift. The overlapping hours between these three shifts are strategically designed to ensure the community maximum law enforcement coverage during the hours of greatest need based on historical data and learned behavior. The Patrol Section also includes the Civil Unit, Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol and the Crime Analyst.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is committed to fostering strong community involvement with the citizens we are proud to serve. The concept of community oriented policing strives for the building of partnerships within the community to solve identified problems.

During your ride along, you may observe deputies interact and work with citizens or business owners/employees to help solve problems in the respective neighborhood areas.  You might also see patrol deputies work together with Sheriffs Office specialized units including the Traffic Unit, the Crime Reduction Unit, the K-9 or Mounted Unit and at times, even the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team to solve issues throughout El Paso County, promoting our Community Policing philosophy.