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Fundraiser to benefit EPPD Officer Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez
A spaghetti plate fundraiser to benefit Officer Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  The event will be held at VFW Post #812, 2400 Davis Seamon Rd. (near McKelligon Canyon). Officer Rodriguez is an honorary member at the 82nd Airborne Benavides Patterson Chapter (2608 Fort Blvd. Read More...
Download: chuy1.pdf
1st VP Election Results - Michael Short Wins!
The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association held an election last week for the office of First Vice President (Executive Board - Class I Director).   The election for 1st VP, conducted via online electronic voting at www.epmpoa.org, was the only election needed during the even-years election cycle. Read More...
Northeast Regional Command - Community Fair
The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association urges members and their families to attend the Northeast Regional Command Center's Community Fair, which will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, at Cohen Stadium, 9700 Gateway North Blvd.   The community fair is free and open to the public. Read More...
Download: Community Fair Flyer 2016.pdf

Off-duty officer charged with DWI following eastside crash
An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after a crash that happened in east El Paso. Jorge Pedroza De La Riva,34, has been with the El Paso Police Department for almost two years.
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Cops Helping Kids - "Back to School" Events

El Paso Cops Helping Kids will host a "Back to School" event on Friday, August 19, 2016 to assist school children from the Clint Independent School District. The event begins at 9:00 AM and will take place at the Memorial Hall at 3601 Rutherglen.
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Hatch, NM Police Officer Shot and Killed

The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association extends its deepest condolences to the famiy, colleagues and friends of Officer Jose Chavez of the Hatch, NM Police Department, who died in the line of duty after he was shot in the neck on Friday, August 12, 2016.
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Funeral Services for Retired Sgt. Louis Rey

The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Sergeant Louis Rey #85 at the age of 89.     (Ret.) Sergeant Rey served the El Paso community as a peace officer with the El Paso Police Department for 20 years.  He was commissioned in February of 1960 and retired in February of 1980.
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El Paso police association: Back EPPD without threats

The president of the El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association, Sgt. Ron Martin encourages El Pasoans to support El Paso's finest with level heads and without threats. This comes days after Sparrow's Spirits and Pies received several threats after an anti-police song reportedly played in the restaurant as officers sat down for a meal.
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Sparrow’s apologizes after anti-police song plays in restaurant
Sparrow’s Spirits and Pies in downtown El Paso is under fire after an anti-police song by rap group N.W.A played in its restaurant as officers sat down for a meal.
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces Police Protection Act

Governor Greg Abbott today announced an effort to strengthen penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement officers – the Police Protection Act.
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At slain Baton Rouge officer's funeral, calls for respect and unity
When protests erupted here over a black man's killing during a struggle with two white police officers, Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald made a promise to an old friend who urged him to be careful. Baton Rouge's mayor and police chief hailed Gerald as a hero who proudly served his country during three tours in Iraq before joining the police force nine months ago.
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Statement from El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen

Monday, July 11, 2016 The remarks I shared after Friday’s press conference were made during an emotional time, I hope everyone can respect that. I am a police officer first and foremost and it truly pains me any time an officer is killed. As Police Chief, the most difficult part of my job has been to notify wives, mothers, fathers and children that their loved one has been killed.
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Mayor Leeser disappointed in local officials who criticized PD Chief Allen

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said Monday he is disappointed in local elected officials who criticized El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen over his comments about Black Lives Matter without speaking to the chief first. "You know, it's really important to get someone's viewpoint and understand where you are coming from," Leeser said, "I was very disappointed with the letter.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Emergency response times in EP are twice national average

EL PASO, Texas - In an emergency, the public is trained to call 911. But what happens when you call and no one shows up? Several months ago, ABC-7 spoke with Steven Cottingham, an El Paso resident who said a police officer never showed up when he called to report an assault. ABC-7's I-Team learned El Paso police response times are twice the national average.
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Calibre Press Street Survival Seminar

CLEAT and Calibre Press are proud to present an 8-hour Street Survival Class in El Paso on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.   This class is normally $139 to attend. But CLEAT is offering a limited number of FREE seats to our members.  Act now to save a seat. If you claim a free seat, you are expected to attend because we have committed to purchase these seats from Calibre Press.
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Off-duty EPPD officer charged with DWI allegedly speeding more than 100 mph before deadly crash

EL PASO, Texas - A court document obtained by ABC-7 states the off-duty El Paso Police officer charged with Driving While Intoxicated after a deadly crash in Central Texas was allegedly speeding at 100 miles per hour and weaving in and out of traffic.
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Orlando shooting: All but one victim identified, officials say

Officials said Monday they have identified all but one of the 49 victims killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the next of kin of 24 victims of the rampage by gunman Omar Mateen had been notified. He spoke Monday at a press conference near the Pulse nightclub, the scene of the early Sunday massacre.
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Vermont State Trooper changes El Paso boy's life

EL PASO, Texas — Finding a companion for life can take some people their whole life. For one El Paso boy, he found his at the tender age of 4. Vermont State Trooper Nick Arlington has been part of the K-9 unit for two years. He has a German shepherd by the name of Maximus.
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El Paso police officers begin 600-mile journey to Arlington

El Paso police officers are making a 600-mile journey to support Special Olympics. Fifteen officers began their run Sunday by carrying the "flame of hope" torch to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics. The officers will around the clock and are expected to arrive in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday.
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The thin blue line: police officers doing more with less

EL PASO, Texas — Every day, the men and women of the El Paso Police Department help keep the Sun City one of the safest in the country. Now, this thin blue line is wearing even thinner... with a staff as small as it was in the 1990's. CBS4's Ashley Cullinane sat down with former police officers to talk about the force of the past and the future of El Paso P.D.
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EPPD Promotion Ceremony

The El Paso Police Department held a Promotions Ceremony on Monday, April 18, 2016 in the Karl McDonough Memorial Conference Room at the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center.
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El Paso Police Holds Promotions Ceremony

The El Paso Police Department held a Promotions Ceremony on Monday, January 11, 2016 at the EPMPOA Memorial Hall, 3601 Rutherglen St. The El Paso Police Department promoted the following members: To Lieutenant:  Jason D. Johnson #2605 John Surface #2430 John Schneider #2352 John Lanahan III #1032 Tonya J. Shields #2516 To Sergeant:  Jason S.
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Police investigating a shooting involving an EPPD officer in Northeast EP

The Crimes Against Persons Unit is investigating a shooting involving an El Paso police officer in northeast El Paso. Police told ABC-7 a woman called them at about 10:40 a.m. Monday to report what police called a domestic abuse situation. The woman said a man she was with fired a gun inside the home located on the 10900 block of Dizzy Dean.
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Funeral Services for (Ret.) Lt. Lalo Balderrama

The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces that retired Lieutenant Eulalio “Lalo” Balderrama #757 passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the age of 60.    (Ret.) Lieutenant Balderrama served the community as a peace officer with the El Paso Police Department for over 35 years, from June 1981 until his retirement in September of 2006.
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Justices Rule First Amendment Protects Officer Demoted in Misunderstanding

WASHINGTON — It has long been established that public workers as a general matter may not be fired or demoted for speaking out on political topics. The Supreme Court on Tuesday (April 26, 2016) ruled on a case that involved a twist on that question: What if the official doing the demoting misunderstood what the worker had done.
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Funeral Services for BPA Jose Barraza

The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association extends its deepest condolences to the family - especially his wife Donna and sons Joey and Joshua, colleagues and friends of Border Patrol Agent Jose Barraza who passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Agent Jose Barraza and the entire Border Patrol family.
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Officer Involved Shooting in west El Paso

A 22-year old man was shot by officers who responded to a 9-1-1 call involving an armed suicidal subject who threatened to shoot the responding officers. Information was relayed to the officers that the subject claimed to be armed with an assault rifle and handguns.
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Houston Deputy Constable Shot 4 Times, Expected To Recover
A deputy constable is expected to recover after undergoing several hours of surgery after he was shot four times while talking to another constable after a traffic stop, authorities said Thursday.  Harris County Deputy Constable Alden Clopton was wearing a protective vest when he was shot at from behind about 11:20 p.m.
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Trooper Mourned After Shooting At Busy Virginia Bus Station

A state trooper who was fatally shot at a busy bus terminal during a training exercise was mourned Friday in Virginia and in Michigan, where he grew up, as officials investigated what sparked the shooting.  A gunman shot Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37, multiple times Thursday in Richmond before he was killed by two other troopers, police said.
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Man Charged with Capital Murder in Death of Officer

El Paso Police have charged the man who struck and killed Officer David Ortiz with Capital Murder.  The incident occurred on March 10, 2016 near the intersection of Lee Trevino and Vista Del Sol when 45 year old John Paul Perry was driving a 2006 Kia Optima and intentionally drove the vehicle into Officer Ortiz's police motorcycle while the officer was stopped for a red traffic signal.
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Law Enforcement officers from different agencies gather at Mass for Officer Ortiz

SOCORRO, Texas — Hundreds packed Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Socorro Friday to pay their final respects to fallen El Paso police Officer David Ortiz. Law enforcement agencies involved in the mass include local departments, Houston Police Department, Dallas Police Department and police from Hobbs, New Mexico. Agencies came from across Texas and New Mexico.
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Funeral Services for Fallen Officer David Ortiz

The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association is sad to announce that Officer David Ortiz #2614 passed away on Monday afternoon (March 14, 2016).
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Man released from jail hours before killing Texas officer

The family of the man who they say fatally shot a Texas police officer described the 22-year-old as a drug addict who was released from jail the same day the shooting occurred. Jorge Antonio Gonzalez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday that his son, Jorge Brian Gonzalez, was high on methamphetamine when he was jailed Monday for stealing money.
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El Paso Police officers will be eligible for retirement this year

More than 230 El Paso police officers are eligible for retirement this year, after serving more than 20 years on the force. Sgt. Ron Martin said this is would a major public safety problem. "My biggest fear is 250 police officers retire within a year. That would decimate our department," Martin said. See the full story by Ashley Cullinane of KFOX TV-14 here.
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Police Chaplain Volunteers 24/7

Sam Faraone is someone who accompanies police officers whenever they have to notify a family that their loved one has died. Read entire article by Diana Washington Valdez in the El Paso Times.
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An Officer Who Trained for the Worst and Faced It

By RICK ROJAS DEC. 3, 2015 Lt. Mike Madden, right, was among the first at the scene of the San Bernardino shootings. SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — He had trained for active-shooter situations. He recalled the drills where trainers barraged officers with everything they could — sounds, bright lights, smells — to overwhelm them. When Lt.
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El Paso Police Department faces officer shortage

According to the El Paso Police Department, its amount of sworn officers is the lowest since 1999, with 1,021 officers.  Sgt. Ron Martin added this number could get even smaller, with around 22 percent of officers eligible for retirement as early as March. “If they all decide to get tired of this job and say 'see ya,' El Paso is going to be hurt,” explained Martin.
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EPMPOA Online Store is Active

VISIT THE NEW & IMPROVED EPMPOA ONLINE STORE Ever wonder what happened to your beloved Novelties?  Where did they go?  Where can I purchase items?  Well,  fret no more.  The EPMPOA has been working on the Online Store.  Your beloved novelties can now be purchased online and shipped to your home.
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“This is About All the Cops You Don’t Read About”

The following is a transcript of Bob Schieffer’s weekly commentary from the April 19 broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “The best training to be a reporter or anything else is to work the police beat, because every story you cover is the worst moment in someone’s life.
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Public Pensions are Not in Crisis

by Mike Pruger Fiscal crisis. Pensions on the chopping block. Change is coming. We see these doomsday statements in the news on a daily basis. Nothing engenders fear like a headline suggesting personal calamity.
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Funeral Services for Retired Sergeant Ralph Coulter

The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of Retired Sergeant Ralph L. Coulter.    (Ret.) Sergeant Coulter served the El Paso community as a peace officer with the El Paso Police Department from March 1957 until his retirement in March of 1973.   Funeral Services for Ralph L.
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El Paso Municipal Court Offers Amnesty for Citations
El Paso Municipal Court is offering an amnesty period for citations from now through Saturday March 5, 2016.  For all warrants, the court is waiving the 30-percent collection fee and the $50 fee, as well as delinquency and collection fees on parking citations.  El Paso Police will conduct a warrant roundup once the amnesty period ends.
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City: Pedestrians won't be on Border Highway

Pedestrians will not be permitted to gather on the César Chávez Border Highway during Pope Francis’ visit to Juárez, city officials reiterated Monday. Read article by Elida S. Perez in the El Paso Times.
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El Paso Police officer shortage at an all-time high

EL PASO, Texas – Thursday is the last chance for anyone who wants to become an El Paso police officer to turn in their application. The El Paso Police Department says the pressure to recruit is at an all-time high.
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FBI's crime report to include more data on police shootings

The FBI will report more data on shootings involving police officers in the future, the head of the agency said on Monday as he released a report showing violent crime fell in 2014, continuing a 20-year trend.
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More growth in Far East El Paso but will that include a new police station?
EL PASO, Texas - Now that El Paso's City Council approved the annexation of 310 acres in Far East El Paso -- much of which to be dedicated to home development -- ABC-7 is asking how the city plans to address safety and police patrols on that side of town. See the report by Stephanie Valle on KVIA ABC-7.
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El Paso police name man suspected of killing woman, shooting officer
El Paso police officials have identified the people in connection with the killing of a woman and a shooting that wounded a police officer earlier this week. The suspected killer was identified as Frank Aparicio, 30, of the 12000 block of Sal Rasura Court in East El Paso, police said today.
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"THE CHAPLAIN'S CORNER" - Police Chaplain Sam Faraone

Having served the El Paso Police Department as volunteer chaplain since 1992, I have profound respect for each of you and the service you provide.  I treasure the opportunity to know many of you personally having responded to incidents you were working, having provided support to you and your family when you experienced personal crises, being present when tragedy visits the department and visiting with you at EPMPOA meetings.  Although I work full time as a chaplain in the private sector, my goal is to be available to provide support and encouragement to the best of my ability for the members of this department.  Please know that my intention is never to proselytize or force religion upon you, but support you in the stressful work in which you are involved and stressful incidents you encounter on a daily basis, to be a listener when you need to talk and to be a friend in whom you may confide.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns with which I can be of assistance.

CHAPLAIN ONE – 10-8!


Editorial Policy
The EPMPOA website is a service set up to provide information and assistance to the men and women of the El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association. 
Publication of articles and letters on the website voicing viewpoints do not necessarily reflect the views of the El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association, the Editorial Staff or of the El Paso Police Department.  All letters and articles received must be accompanied by the author’s name and daytime phone number.
Articles may be printed as "Name Withheld at the request of the author."  Freedom of expression is recognized within the bounds of good taste and space limitations.  All material will be reviewed by the EPMPOA Legal Staff prior to publication and all articles are subject to editing by the Editorial Staff. 


August 27, 2016

In Memory of Fallen Officer David Ortiz #2614

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