Sheriff Richard Wiles held a press conference on Thursday to announce the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Re-Accreditation.
This will be the 6th CALEA Re-Accreditation. In, 2001, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office become the first Sheriff’s Office in the State of Texas to be awarded the accreditation.
Sheriff Wiles announced the first quarter county statistics for law enforcement functions in the county and incorporated areas of El Paso.
“Overall the El Paso County has seen a significant drop in crime in the last quarter, 30% drop in crime from January through March 2016. The Sheriff’s Office has also seen a continual drop in crime every year for the last five years in the El Paso County.”
Sheriff Wiles concluded the press conference with the introduction of the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety and training of personnel on internet crime. “The approach uses crime analysis to identify areas where we are having crime problems, putting the resources there and looking at the traffic flow and how that impacts the crime.”
Wiles said, “Online we are seeing, and getting reports on crimes on the internet, Craigslist, Backpage.com and Facebook on people involved in sexual activities, drug sales, stolen property, and illegal utility hookups. The Sheriff’s Office is working on training our employees on and off duty how to identify suspicious activities on the internet that could be a crime.”