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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents of Telephone Cash Card Scams

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wants to make the citizens of El Paso County aware of a telephone scams that have recently claimed several victims.

People around El Paso County have received phone calls from an individual identifying themselves as an employee of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The scammer then claims that the victim has ignored one of the following: jury duty summons, unpaid tickets, warrants or court summons and they must either make a payment or report to Sheriff’s Office Headquarters to resolve the matter.

In cases were a payment is requested, the victim is told to buy Money Trax cards or gift cards for varying amounts to resolve the matter, the scammer further asks the victim to meet them at 3850 Justice Road,  in order to give them the money card. ‘

After the victim purchases the money cards, the scammer claims that he/she cannot meet and requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be taken care of. Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.

Victor Ramirez who is a Supervisor of Jury Selection at the El Paso County Courthouse advised our investigators that they will never call anyone by phone to advise them that they missed Jury Duty.

The Sheriff’s office would also like to remind citizens that they will never be contacted by phone requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.

If anyone has been a victim of these scams, please contact the proper authorities. El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 915-832-4408.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Annual Haunted House

Sheriff Richard Wiles, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, and Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 will be hosting their 8th Annual Haunted House this Halloween season.

The haunted house will be held at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at 3850 Justice Drive, just off of Montana in Far East El Paso.

The following is the scare schedule for the haunted house:

  • GRAND OPENING WEEKEND: October 13th & 14th from 6 pm – 12 am.
  • October 20th & 21st from 6pm – 12am and October 22nd from 6pm – 10pm.
  • October 26th from 6pm – 10pm and October 27th -31st from 6 pm – 12 am.

The Sheriff’s Office will also have educational community service hours opportunities for those interested in being part of the “BEST HAUNTED HOUSE” in El Paso.

For more information on becoming a volunteer please contact Public Information Officer Leslie Antunez at 915-479-1678.

Tickets prices are as follows: $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. There will be a $1 off admission with the donation of a can food item.

Proceeds will benefit the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 – a non-profit organization 501(C)(3).

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Launches Spay and Neuter Program

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office launches Spay and Neuter Program for residents of the El Paso County.

The program comes as a result of the Animal Control Services contract between Horizon City, Vinton, Socorro, Anthony, Clint, San Elizario and the Sheriff’s Office.

Residents of the above-mentioned municipalities can attend one of the following dates and times to have their cat or dog spayed or neutered free of charge.

 Friday, September 15, 2017 – AM Session Only o Horizon City Walmart (Parking Lot)  13900 Horizon Blvd, Horizon City Texas 79928  AM Session begins at 7:00 am

 Monday, September 18, 2017 – AM Session Only o Clint Town Hall  200 N. San Elizario Clint Texas 79836  AM Session begins at 7:00 am

 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 – AM Session Only o Anthony Town Hall  401 Wildcat Dr, Anthony Texas 79821  AM Session begins at 7:00 am

 Thursday, September 28, 2017 – AM/PM Sessions o Village of Vinton Town Hall  436 E Vinton Rd, Vinton Texas 79821  AM Session begins at 7:00 am  PM session begins at 2:30 pm

Note to Residents:
 Only residents who reside in Horizon City, Vinton, Socorro, Anthony, Clint, or San Elizario are eligible.

 Arrive early to ensure that they reserve a spot for surgery.

 Tell the veterinary staff that they are participating in the El Paso County Spay and Neuter Program at time of registration.

 Have proof of residency in one of the six qualifying municipalities (Valid ID, DL, Utility Bill, etc.).

 Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer will be on-site to verify the address is within one of the six municipalities.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies, Constables Headed to Disaster Zone

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has joined other law enforcement agencies from around the state and nation in offering assistance to areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Sheriff Richard D. Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has sent six deputies to Katy Monday evening.

Constables from precincts 1 & 6 will also be accompanying deputies to help. The officers will be assisting area law enforcement agencies with rescues and shelter security, or as needed in the areas hit by the hurricane.

Constable Precinct 6 Javier Garcia will be leading the first team deployment along with two other Deputies for 10 days. Precinct 1 Sergeant Francisco Almada will be leading the second team for an unknown time frame and provide relief for the first team of Constables.

Both Constable Precinct 1 Oscar Ugarte and Constable Precinct 6 Javier Garcia will be monitoring the agency’s efforts in support of this operation.

Sheriff’s Deputies were prepped for the trip with supplies and gear to help them brave the harsh conditions. They will also be traveling with two rescue boats.

Registration Open for El Paso County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy

Sheriff Richard Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Citizens’ Academy starting Wednesday, August 16th.

The twelve-week Academy will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will be held at various Sheriff’s Office locations.

The Academy will offer participants a broad overview and unique insight into the various functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a ride- along with deputies to observe first hand the variety of calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office.

A tour of the Detention Facilities will be conducted to demonstrate the daily duties of our detention staff. Other topics of discussion will include criminal investigation, the investigative process, and other Sheriff’s Office specialized units such as S.W.A.T and Crisis Negotiation.

There is no charge to attend the Citizens’ Academy; however, seating is limited. Applications must be submitted by August 7, 2017.

Residents interested in attending the Citizens’ Academy can obtain an application by contacting Public Affairs Director, Chris Acosta, at 915-538-2223.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to Host ‘National Night Out’ Tuesday

Sheriff Richard D. Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the 7th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017.

EPCSO Officials say, “National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”

Sheriff’s Office officials add, “Together, we are making that happen.”

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.

National Night Out will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters building located at 3850 Justice Drive.

JOIN US FOR:

 Music
 Kids Activity Zone
 Health and Safety Awareness Booths
 Emergency Response
 Vehicle Displays & more.
 Food and Drink will be on sale during the event.

In partnership with the community to keep our neighborhoods safe:

 Department of Public Safety; Texas State Troopers
 Horizon City Fire Department
 Socorro ISD Police Department
 Fabens Fire Department
 Montana Vista Fire Department
 West Valley Fire Department
 EPCC Police Department
 Anthony Police Department

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney launch ‘Operation Safe Streets’

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the District Attorney’s Office and County Court Administration, are working to reduce the number of outstanding misdemeanor criminal warrants.

Operation Safe Streets is giving people the opportunity to clear their outstanding misdemeanor warrants through Satellite Booking without being booked into jail and in as little as 30 minutes. Clear up your outstanding misdemeanor warrants to avoid their name appearing on an upcoming criminal warrants list and being arrested at home or work.

The list will be published in the Sunday, July 23, 2017, El Paso Times, and Diario de El Paso.  Shortly after the list is published, a Warrant Roundup will be conducted by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and various other local law enforcement agencies.

EPCSO Officials say, “If your name appears on this list and you wish to clear up your warrant contact the Satellite Booking office for more information.”

“If you have any other warrants including Tickets, Out of County Warrants, Parole Violations, Wanted Person or Pink Warrants, you will need to surrender at the El Paso County Jail,” officials added.

Satellite Booking Office: El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio LL-110, Mon. – Fri. 8:00am to 4:30pm. For more information, residents can call 915-546-2121, or visit epcounty.com and click on Operation Safe Streets.

For more information about this list or if residents believe they may have a warrant for arrest, contact the Sheriff’s Office Warrants Section at 915-546-2214.

Mountain Lion Captured in Far-East El Paso County

It was a very different call and capture for El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCSO) Deputies Monday, as a mountain lion was spotted in the backyard of a far-East El Paso County home.

According to EPCSO Officials,  Sheriff’s Office deputies and Animal Control Officers responded to an animal call in reference to a possible mountain lion in the Mountain View area, east of El Paso city limits.

Deputies arrived at a residence located along the 14100 block of Seattle Slew Avenue and spotted a mountain lion in the backyard of the home.

The deputies then called for back up from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the El Paso Zoo and the State Veterinarian for the El Paso area.

The veterinarian tranquilized the mountain lion without any injury to the animal or the first responders; the mountain lion was then transported to the El Paso Zoo where it will be quarantined and released in the days to come.

EP County Sheriff’s Office Starts Youth Academy Registration

Sheriff Richard Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office invite local teens ages 13-18 with an interest in law enforcement to participate in the upcoming 2017 Youth Academy.

The purpose of the Sheriff’s Office Youth Academy is to introduce young men and women in our community to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in a positive and informative manner.

The academy consists of presentations, demonstrations, videos, and tours from the various Sheriff’s Office departments.

The academy is open to anyone between the ages of 13-18 who have not completed high school. EPCSO officials add, “Space is limited so please submit your application early.”

Registration packets can be picked up at 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

All applications must be returned to the Sheriff’s headquarters by June 26th, 2017. For more information please contact Public Information Officer Leslie Antunez at 915-538-2119 or lantunez@epcounty.com

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Set to Host Annual ‘Safety Town’

Sheriff Richard D. Wiles and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will host Sheriff’s Safety Town June 26th through 30th, 2017.

Sheriff’s Safety Town will be held at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarter building, located 3850 Justice Drive, just off Loop 375 and Montana, in Far-East El Paso.

Safety Town provides children with a basic instruction in safety awareness through their own involvement in preventative procedures. A miniature town complete with streets, buildings, sidewalks, vehicles, stop signs, crosswalks, and traffic lights will be provided.

Instruction will be provided by a sheriff deputy, fire officers, and assisted by teenage volunteers.  Safety Town is open to children ages 4-7 (30 children maximum class size), from 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m

This annual event provides important safety tips and information on subjects like:

§ Stranger Danger presented by McGruff

§ Eddie Eagle presents Gun Safety

§ Safety Pup presents 9-1-1 Emergency

§ Bike, General Traffic & Pedestrian Safety presented by Deputy Dawg

Registration per child is $10 and includes daily snacks and refreshments. To register children, please contact Deputy J. Ramirez at 915-538-5300 or Deputy A. Dickerson at 915-346-5982.

Gallery+Story: EPCSO Detention Officers help Train Counterparts in Brazil

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office had three detention officers who specialize in special response tactics traveled to Curitiba, Brazil to host a Special Response Team school.

The week-long training, held from May 15 through 18, focused on Cell Extractions, Mobile Field Force, Jail Room Clearing, Handcuffing and Hostage Rescue. A total of 50 students from all over South America attended the week long course.

This Special Response School is a continuing relationship between the Sheriff’s Office, and the correctional staff in Brazil as well as other law enforcement agencies who take part in these instruction courses.

Sheriff’s Office detention officers and officers from the Emergency Service Unit out of Arizona, trained with South America’s elite Prison and Patrol Tactical forces,- BOPE elite Unit Brazilian Military Police, ROTAM & Local and State units inside the state and federal prisons in Curitiba, Brazil. The school will also provide Sheriff’s Office officers with additional training and techniques for implementation in future courses.

In previous years, the Sheriff’s Office has hosted two yearly Special Response Schools in El Paso, Texas, with attendance from law enforcement staff from Arizona, Florida, and Brazil. In the past, the Brazilian correctional staff has used the Special Response training in Riot/Civil Disturbance in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Gallery courtesy EPCSO

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post Takes 3rd In Competition

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 competed in the 2017 Desert Law Enforcement Explorer Competition on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

The Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post and Community Section prepared and trained for the competition with weekly training sessions.

The competition tested Law Enforcement explorer posts from the southwest region in team and individual events; arrest and search, burglary in progress, crisis negotiation, officer down, emergency field first aid, traffic accident investigation, and traffic stop.

The El Paso Couty Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2005 placed third in the felony traffic stop event from the 14 competing teams.

The competition took place at the U.S. Army National Guard Recruiting Office in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

EPCSO Deputies Host Second ‘Driver’s License Course’ in Far East El Paso

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office East Montana Patrol Station will be hosting their second driver’s license course to help unlicensed drivers become licensed.

The program is called the “Sheriff’s Office Driver’s License Academy” and is targeted towards adult citizens of El Paso County that have not taken or never been able to pass the written driver’s license test.

The East Montana Patrol Station COP Representative covers the Texas Driver’s License Handbook which include the following topics: How to apply for your TX driver’s license, signals, signs, and markers, signaling, passing, and turning, speed limits, Zero Tolerance Law, giving way to pedestrians, registering your vehicle, changing your address and becoming an organ donor.

During the course, students are given pop quizzes and exams to ensure that they are comprehending the material. The class is bilingual to ensure that no citizen is left behind.

After the completion of the course, the Sheriff’s Office will encourage and oversee the students’ driver’s license application process.

EPCSO Officials say, “The Sheriff’s Office believes that by empowering the citizens with the knowledge needed to pass the driver’s license exam, we reduce the number of unlicensed drivers.”

The course is free, however EPCSO officials remind community members that it is not a driving school replacement, and ask that all participants be over 21 years old.

This session, classes are every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Sparks at 106 Peyton Road.

Class size is limited to 20 students, and residents interested in signing up or needing more information can contact Deputy Garcia the coordinator for this course at the East Montana Patrol Station 915-856-4875.

EPCSO Detention Officer Uses Boxing to Mentor Youth; Sessions set for this Weekend

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention (EPCSO) Officer Luis Trevino, along with WarriorsEdge Boxing are hosting a Boxing Skills Seminar Saturday, April 15th, and Sunday, April 16th, 2017.

Detention Officer Trevino and the staff at WarriorsEdge have turned boxing into an outlet to help and mentor children and teens. They use boxing to introduce children and teens to structure and discipline, not only inside the boxing ring, but in their daily lives as well.

The seminar will focus on footwork, defense, offense, speed, agility, strength, and discipline. The seminar will be open to all boys and girls from ages 7 and up.

The seminar will also feature the opportunity to train and meet WBO Super Bantamweight and WBC Featherweight, 2-time World Champion Daniel “Tarahumara” Ponce De Leon. Attendees will learn about Ponce De Leon’s struggles and climb to boxing success.

Proceeds will go to the Mentorship- At risk youth program for the purchase of uniforms, bags and pay for other seminars in the future.

To register for the seminar or for more information contact WarriorsEdge Boxing Gym at 915-740-4744.

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EPCSO Warns of Jury Summons Phone Scam

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office warned citizens of El Paso County of a telephone scam that has claimed several victims.

Several people around El Paso County have received phone calls from a person claiming to be a deputy of the “Sheriff’s Office”. The scammer  claims that a jury summons was ignored and that there is a warrant for arrest for Jury duty Non-Attendance.

The victim is then told to buy Money Trax cards for various amounts of money. The scammer often asks the victim to purchase two or more cards, to have the warrant recalled and a way to pay for the warrants. The victim also asks the victim to meet him at 3850 Justice Rd. or 500 E. San Antonio in order to give him the money card.

Then, after the victim purchases the money cards, the scammer claims that he/she cannot meet and requests the serial numbers displayed on the money cards so that the warrant can be taken care of. Those numbers are then turned into cash by the scammer depriving the victim of the money.

Victor Ramirez who is a Supervisor of Jury Selection at the El Paso County Courthouse advised our investigators that they will never call anyone by phone to advise them that they missed Jury Duty.

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind citizens that they will never be contacted by phone requesting payment for outstanding criminal warrants.

Victims of these scams are asked to contact the proper authorities; the El Paso Police Department non-emergency number is 915-832-4400 and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 915-832-4408.

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