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 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.

Special Operations Section

The Special Operations Section is an assortment of several very unique units.  Some are very recognizable such as DARE and Traffic, but others are less obvious such as our Chaplains Program and Cadet Program.  Some of the other components of the Special Operations Section include SWAT, EOD, CRU, K9, Mounted, Honor Guard, SRO, CNU and many more.

The Reserve Section

The Reserve Section is made up of a volunteer work force committed to helping the Sheriff’s Office better serve the citizens of El Paso County.  These unpaid volunteers log thousands of hours in support of the Sheriff’s Office mission.  They are largely responsible for earning the funds necessary to purchase their own equipment and outfit their members.  These funds are earned through contracts established with several large events throughout El Paso County.  Some of the events they work include the Air Force Football Games, The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and the El Paso County Fair.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is continually seeking quality candidates to join our Reserve Deputy Program.  Being a Reserve Deputy Sheriff is among the most rewarding volunteer opportunities available in the law enforcement or public service fields.    If you think you might be a good fit, or know of a family member or friend who might be interested, please take a moment to review/share the informational video below. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program is an exciting innovative opportunity where young people can learn about careers in Law Enforcement and Detentions.

The program meets twice per month and Cadets receive training in all areas of service provided by the Sheriff's Office. Training topics include community oriented policing, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, patrol & detention procedures, report writing, traffic control, radio procedures, first aid and the history of law enforcement. Additionally, Cadets participate in numerous community events, community service, special functions and ride-a-longs throughout the year.

Colorado State Law mandates that all Sheriff's Offices within the State must maintain a Civil Section. The Civil section is responsible for the service of all civil papers received by the Sheriff's Office. The Civil Section also executes all court orders involving civil process issued by the Courts. The Section is comprised of two Sections;

Field Service Unit is responsible for the legal service of court papers received by the Sheriff's Office. The unit also enforces/executes all court orders, to include the collection of money and/or seizure of property, as prescribed by law.

Administration Services Unit is responsible for receiving all papers submitted to the Sheriff's Office for service. They collect any and all required fees and keep/send accurate returns to the courts of this County, as well as to all other courts in the United States. They are also responsible for arranging/conducting Sheriff's Sales and making due return to the court in accordance with the law.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office practices Community-Oriented Policing. This means that our agency, along with other law enforcement agencies in the area, are committed to a partnership with the citizens of El Paso County to prevent crime rather than just respond to criminal activity after it has taken place.

The Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) is a semi-undercover rapid-response team that supports the Law Enforcement and Detention operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  The CRU consists of a sergeant and six deputies who work a constantly-changing schedule to meet the needs of the Office and the community.

The daily duties and responsibilities of CRU deputies vary greatly, but can generally be summed up as encompassing fugitive apprehension, case follow-up, rapid response to crime-related tips and self-initiated investigations.  Any of these duties may take priority at any given time.

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program which design is based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory (SEL).  SEL identifies fundamental, basic skills and developmental processes needed for healthy development including: self-awareness and management, responsible decision making, understanding others, relationship skills, communication skills, and handling responsibilities and challenges.  The curriculum uses this theory to teach youth to control their impulses and think about risks and consequences resulting in more responsible choices.  We believe if you can teach youth to make safe and responsible decisions, this guides them to healthy choices not only about drugs but across all parts of their lives.  As they grow to be responsible citizens, they will lead healthier and more productive drug-free lives.

The Explosives Unit is a team of highly motivated officers who are specially trained in the recognition, construction, handling and rendering-safe of improvised explosives and devices.  The Unit is comprised of four members, two of whom are FBI Certified Hazardous Devices (Bomb) Technicians, and two which are trained as Para-Technicians.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit is comprised of three dual purpose dog teams certified in narcotics detection and patrol work. These teams provide support for different divisions and units within the Office to include Investigations, Patrol, Metro VNI, Detention Bureau, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Special Response Team (Detentions) and the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU). Sheriff’s Office Canine Teams have also aided other agencies to include the FBI, ATF, DEA, Federal Bureau of Prisons and numerous surrounding agencies.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit is assigned to the Special Operations Section of the Patrol Division. The purpose of the Mounted Unit is to act as a community oriented and problem-solving unit.  The Mounted Unit serves as the primary responders for the Farm Animal Response Team. This Team responds to and investigates complaints of animal abuse involving farm animals and livestock. If an abuse case is discovered and additional resources are required to fully investigate and document the case the Mounted Unit solicits the assistance of the Investigations Division.

A Neighborhood Watch system is easy to establish, simply by getting to know your neighbors on either side of your home, as well as directly across the street. In a Neighborhood Watch community, neighbors keep watch on each others’ homes, especially when someone is away.  They report any suspicious activity.  As one of the most successful community/law enforcement partnerships in the USA, this program aids law enforcement by creating a closer sense of community among citizens. Neighbors who know each other become eyes and ears for each other and develop an awareness of unusual circumstances and suspicious behaviors.

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.

The EPSO S.W.A.T. Team consists of 18 members who are highly motivated, trained and excel at performing very specialized missions under extremely stressful circumstances, sometimes with very little advance notice.  Each team member possesses a variety of skills and experience.  When brought together, these members function as a single unit within a team concept, which allows missions to be completed thoroughly and safely.

In early 2009, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office implemented a new volunteer program, the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol (SCP).  The Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol is a citizen based program which allows residents of El Paso County the ability to volunteer within their community performing law enforcement related duties which do not require a sworn member.  This program allows volunteers to actively participate in a wide variety of opportunities which were historically unavailable to volunteers.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is a community oriented, problem solving unit, which provides public safety service and traffic enforcement to the citizens of El Paso County. The Traffic Unit was established in 1996, and is comprised of one sergeant, and six deputies.

The Traffic Unit focuses on providing traffic specific enforcement throughout the county, responding to citizen complaints, as well as working those areas known to have high occurrences of traffic accidents and/or speeding. The Unit also provides training both to deputies in our Office, as well as other law enforcement officers throughout the region.