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    Fallen Officer: Frank Burns
    End of Watch: April 12, 1923 - "Forget Not His Sacrifice"
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    EPMPOA Members at the 13th Annual Crime
    Victims Memorial Walk - November 3 @ Ascarate Park
    El Paso Police Memorial at Chuck Heinrich Park
    2019 "Top Golf" Event to benefit Ben Ayala Scholarship Fund
    Directors Steve Jaso, Efren Vasquez & Jorge Santana
    EPMPOA Members representing at the 2019
    Peace Officers Memorial in Austin, Texas
    Congratulations to the Mission Valley "Iron Pigs"
    Champions of the 2019 EPMPOA Turkey Bowl
    "Keep Calm and Stay Strong" -
    $10 is donated to Shift-Forward, which goes to help displaced restaurant workers!
    EPMPOA Members at the 2020 Borderland 100 Club
    EP COVID-19 Information Hub
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    What's New at EPMPOA
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association would like to thank Texas 635 for their sponsorship with assisting in the purchase of 300 gallons of disinfectant and spray bottles. The disinfectant, germicidal detergent and deodorant will be used by members department-wide against a broad spectrum of pathogens, to hopefully include the corona virus (COVID-19). Read More...
    After much consideration and discussion, the El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association has made the difficult decision to cancel the Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 1:00 PM this afternoon (March 17, 2020), as well as the General Membership meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Read More...
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    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association in conjunction with the El Paso Fallen Officers Memorial Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Fallen Officers Memorial Car Show on Saturday, April 4, 2020.  The event will be held at the Southwest University Diesel Shop located at 6500 Montana Ave. (inside and outside). Read More...
    Download: 2020_Reg_car_show.pdf

    COVID-19 Executive Order from Governor Greg Abbott
    As of Wednesday, March 31, 2020, there have been fifty (50) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso County (not including Fort Bliss), and we now have confirmed "community spread," which means the virus is spreading within the local community, as opposed to individuals getting the virus while traveling. Following "Stay Home, Work Safe" orders is more important than ever.
    A New Beat For Police: Enforcing Social Distance
    In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. In Lakewood, New Jersey, police broke up a wedding being held in violation of a ban on large gatherings. And in Austin, Texas, officers are encouraging people to call a hotline to snitch on violators of the city's orders for people to stay home.
    El Paso officials issue 'stay home, work safe' order to battle spread of Coronavirus
    El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego and Dr. Hector Ocaranza agonized over the historic 'stay home, work safe' order for days. "This decision was not an easy one for me, for the judge, for any of us," Margo said. "We're dealing with lives versus livelihoods.
    Coronavirus Has Transformed Policing In The US, As Officers Scramble To Get Tested, Stay Safe
    After a reserve police officer in San Jose, California, tested positive for coronavirus last week, 20 of his colleagues were quarantined.  Another 10 full-time employees from the police department’s family violence unit were also asked to stay home.  “You can imagine.
    Sign Up for the Emergency Alert System

    Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the El Paso’s Emergency Alert System. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as community events, severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and other important information.
    El Paso man faces more charges after being shot by police near Riverside High School
    A man faces additional charges after he was shot and wounded by an El Paso police officer in a confrontation last week in the Riverside area, police officials said Monday. Alexander Scott Maestas allegedly took out a handgun and was shot by a patrol officer who had stopped to check him after a call about a man with a gun near Riverside High School on March 11.
    Veteran El Paso police officer shoots suspicious man with gun near Lower Valley school
    A veteran El Paso police officer shot and wounded a suspicious man with a gun who was wandering the grounds of Riverside High School, authorities said. The officer-involved shooting happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday near Hockney and Midway in the Lower Valley. That's where police said they tracked a 23-year-old man who was spotted on the grounds of Riverside a short time earlier.
    A Guide To Understanding Mass Shootings In America
    Several people were reportedly killed in a shooting at the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors Beverage Company on February 26. According to initial reports, seven people were killed, including the shooter, making it one of the worst shootings in Wisconsin history. This isn’t the first mass shooting at a U.S.
    Police Arrest Hit and Run Driver that Injured Firefighter

    The hit-and-run driver that hit Firefighter Armando Lopez while he was assisting at the scene of a crash on February 12, 2020 has been arrested.  Special Traffic Investigations (STI) officers traced down the vehicle involved and obtained an arrest warrant for the driver.  She had been identified as 46–year old Shiloh Danielle Hutchings.
    Report: Texas Inequality linked to drop in Union Membership
    Texas is tied with Virginia for the third-lowest union membership rate in the country at 4%, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.
    National Poll Shows 82 Percent Favorable Opinion Of Police Officers, A Law Enforcement Alliance Says
    Results of a new national poll shows support of local police officers, according to an alliance of law enforcement officers. The United Coalition of Public Safety announced findings Wednesday, saying that 82 percent of those surveyed believe that their local officers are honest and trustworthy.
    El Paso police narcotics detective killed in Arizona traffic crash blamed on drunk driver
    An El Paso police narcotics detective and retired sergeant major in the Texas Army National Guard was killed in a weekend traffic crash in eastern Arizona that authorities blamed on a drunk driver. 51-year-old Richard Allbee died when his pickup truck was struck head-on by another pickup that crossed the center line on U.S. 70 near Bylas on Sunday evening.
    El Paso police detective killed in Arizona head-on crash
    A detective with the El Paso Police Department was killed in a crash in Arizona on Sunday. Officials with El Paso police identified the detective as 51-year-old Richard Allbee. The two-vehicle crash happened on Sunday around 6:19 p.m. on U.S. 70 near Bylas, Arizona.
    Texas officer killed, another injured after being struck by vehicle during traffic stop
    A seven-year veteran of the Corpus Christi Police Department, Officer Alan McCollum, was killed and another officer, Michael Love, was injured during a traffic stop on the evening of Jan. 31, reports Caller Times. Department spokesperson Lt. Michael Pena said three officers were conducting a traffic stop when a vehicle struck one of the units.
    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is Running Out of Room for New Names
    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is running out of room for new names. An average of 337 names are added to the memorial every year, and at this rate, there won't be enough room.  When the memorial was first dedicated in October 1991, it displayed the names of 12,561 officers who died in the line of duty through the end of 1990.
    Former El Paso police officer found guilty of raping woman he met on the job
    A former El Paso police officer was convicted Thursday afternoon of raping a woman nearly two years ago that he first met while on duty. The jury deliberated for just over four hours before delivering the guilty verdict against William Alexander. Alexander was arrested and charged with the sexual assault in May 2018.
    Name of El Paso County sheriff's deputy to be added at National Law Enforcement Memorial
    A deputy killed in the line of duty will have his name displayed on the National Law Enforcement Memorial. The Texas Ford Dealers donated $25,000 to Sheriff Richard Wiles and the Sheriff’s Office Foundation to show their support of local law enforcement on Monday. Deputy Peter Herrera died in the hospital March 24, 2019, following a shooting during a traffic stop in San Elizario.
    Fallen Border Patrol K-9 agent honored by local, state, federal dignitaries
    The U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies gathered at the Abundant Living Faith Center Wednesday morning to say their final goodbyes to one of their own. A K-9, Bulder, was killed in the line of duty last month. The Border Patrol, CBP, El Paso police, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and many other agencies came to pay their respects to Bulder Wednesday morning.
    EPPD and the Texas Department of Public Safety now accepting applications for Citizen's Academy
    The El Paso Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety are now accepting applications for the law enforcement citizens academy. The program is free and open to anyone 18-years of age and up, and the applications will be open until Jan.17. According to a release, the academy will begin on Feb. 4, and classes will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 9 p.m. to 12 p.m.
    Record number of LEOs died by suicide in 2019
    A record number of current or former law enforcement officers died by suicide in 2019, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit that works to reduce the stigma around mental health issues in law enforcement.  According to figures announced by Blue H.E.L.P. on Thursday, 228 current or former officers died by suicide, compared with 172 in 2018.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Hugo Clemente

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Hugo Clemente #290, who passed away on December 11, 2019 at the age of 70.  (Ret.) Detective Clemente served with the El Paso Police Department for 27+ years, from August 1971 until his retirement on December 19, 1998.  Prior to joining the El Paso Police Department, Mr.
    El Paso Police donating old, decommissioned police cars to high schools for training
    Some El Paso area schools will receive decommissioned police vehicles from the El Paso Police Department. The cars will be used for law enforcement training programs and will offer students a chance to gain exposure to "real-world" scenarios. El Paso City Council District 7 Rep. Henry Rivera passed the item at City Council last month.
    UMass Boston Police Organize Effort to Bring Gifts to 9-Year-Old El Paso Shooting Survivor
    On August 3, a gunman shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. When 9-year-old Eduardo’s mother Ana Vitela Najero became paralyzed with fear, he took action, grabbing his mother’s arm and explaining that they needed to get away. Lt.
    Flag Ceremony in Honor of (Ret.) Officer Ramiro Gonzalez Jr.

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of Retired Officer Ramiro Gonzalez Jr., #657, who passed away on November 4, 2019 at the age of 66.  (Ret.) Officer Gonzalez served with the El Paso Police Department for 27+ years, from April 1978 until his retirement in December 2005.  Retired Officer Ramiro “Rami” Gonzalez Jr.
    128th Police Academy Class Recruitment

    The City of El Paso is accepting applications for Police Trainee.  The job description is on-line at  Click on to apply on-line. This application is for the El Paso Police Department academy currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020.
    Traffic Fatalities and Safety Tips

    The number of recent traffic fatalities has brought a heightened awareness of the potential dangers on the roadway.  Every death on a roadway is a preventable tragedy.  There is no single answer, but working together, we can all do our part to reduce crashes.  Traffic safety is everyone’s responsibility.
    El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association urges voters to approve Public Safety Bond
    Imagine for a moment going to a professional domain that has leaky pipes dripping down on your personal workspace, or security systems that are failing and unreliable. Many of our local police officers operate out of aging retail centers that were repurposed for regional police command centers.
    El Paso officer found 'not guilty' of manslaughter in deadly shooting of Lower Valley man
    An El Paso police officer was found not guilty of manslaughter Thursday afternoon in the deadly shooting of a Lower Valley man in the back in 2015. It was the second trial for Officer Mando Gomez; his first trial earlier this year ended in a mistrial after a prosecutor collapsed in court.
    Proposed public safety bond meeting today
    On Thursday, the City of El Paso will educate voters about the contents of a proposed public safety bond costing hundreds of millions of dollars. The city will make its case to El Pasoans today for a more than $400 million upgrade to the police and fire departments. The 2019 Public Safety Bond includes more than $220 million for police and $190 million for fire.
    Ex-EPPD police officer sentenced in deadly hit-and-run crash

    A former El Paso police officer who killed a man with his vehicle on New Year's Day was sentenced. Roberto Garcia struck Eduardo Vasquez, 37, who was walking on the shoulder of Interstate 10 in Vinton, with his personal vehicle and then drove off.
    Rookie El Paso police officer placed on leave after shooting teen robbery suspect
    A rookie El Paso police officer is on administrative leave after shooting and wounding a teenage robbery suspect over the weekend. The wounded 17-year-old male is hospitalized in stable condition at University Medical Center of El Paso, Sgt. Robert Gomez, a police spokesman, said Monday.
    TxDOT El Paso urges pedestrians, drivers to be vigilant with one another
    As the number of fatalities involving pedestrians continue to rise across the city, TxDOT El Paso is making sure those behind the wheel and those crossing the road are aware of their surroundings at all costs. “A lot of times we get caught up in the fact that we expect the driver to see us or for us to have the right of way no matter what and that is simply not the case.
    Second trial for El Paso police officer accused of shooting, killing man in 2015 underway
     The second trial for an El Paso police officer is underway in the 120th District Court. Mando Kenneth Gomez is facing one manslaughter charge for shooting and killing Erik Salas-Sanchez in 2015. Gomez was tried in February, but after a prosecutor collapsed in the courtroom, the judge declared a mistrial.
    Thousands Remember Slain Texas Deputy As ‘Ambassador Of All That Is Good'
    When he joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office — and fought for the right to wear his turban and beard — Sandeep Dhaliwal became a trailblazer for Sikhs across North America. NYPD Sgt. Gurvinder Singh, president of the Sikh Officers’ Association, first got to know Dhaliwal in 2016, after hearing about his mission to wear his articles of faith on duty.
    El Paso Police are making frothy drinks and a few jokes as part of Coffee with a Cop
    After washing their hands, two El Paso Police officers seemed to take to their temporary jobs behind the counter at Starbucks, pouring on the charm while pouring coffee. Officer Jared Lamb, who joked that his nickname used to be Cold Brew, had fun calling out names loudly, even though customers were close by. "Ruben! Thanks a latte," Lamb quipped as a customer picked up his order.
    Driver who died in two-vehicle crash in east El Paso Sunday was EPCSO detention officer
    Officials with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed to CBS4 that the driver who died in a east El Paso crash on Sunday was a detention officer with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
    "Celebration of Life" Service for Retired Lt. Kyle Summers

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Lieutenant Kyle L. Summers, who passed away on September 9, 2019 at the age of 54.  (Ret.) Lieutenant Summers served with the El Paso Police Department for 26+ years, from April 1989 until his retirement in October of 2015.
    City to hold public meetings on 2019 Public Safety Bond ahead of November 5th election
    Officials with the City of El Paso announced Tuesday a series of public meetings where they will be presenting information on the proposed 2019 Public Safety Bond scheduled to be on the November 5, 2019 ballot.
    EPPD Chief: ‘We need to harden targets' rather than creating new laws
    El Paso Chief of Police Greg Allen spoke to members of the El Paso Central Business Association about his department, his officers and the mass shooting that left 22 dead and more than two dozen injured on August 3. Allen said shooters look for "soft targets," those areas where people are not expected to or won't fight back.
    First Responders Bike Through Texas in Support of El Paso Victims
    A group of first responders made a stop in San Antonio Sunday morning to gather support for El Paso victims and fellow first responders who responded to the deadly shooting that killed more than 20 people. "We get forgotten, what we go through. We’re not just one event though. We’re many events.
    Off-duty police back at El Paso Walmart stores
    When 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, wearing ear protection and armed with an AK-47 style rifle, approached the packed Cielo Vista Walmart last Saturday, there wasn’t an armed police officer working security there to stop him.
    Police chief, fire chief give updates to City Council about El Paso shooting
    The El Paso City Council held a meeting Thursday to provide updates on the El Paso shooting. Patrick Crucius allegedly opened fire Saturday morning at the Walmart near Cielo Vista. Twenty-two people died, and 27 others were injured. Officers responded within six minutes.
    What we know about the victims of the El Paso shooting
    Twenty people were killed and more than two dozen were injured when a gunman opened fire Saturday afternoon at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Authorities have yet to release a list identifying those killed or injured in the shooting.
    El Paso law enforcement escorts Deputy Carlos Ramirez's wife on graduation day
    It’s been almost a month since the death of Deputy Carlos Ramirez. The El Paso native was serving in Kendall County when he was struck and killed by a passing car during a routine traffic stop on July 2. Ramirez leaves behind a wife and two children, but today the family had a reason to honor him once again.
    TxDOT El Paso Partners with EPPD and Whataburger
    The TxDOT Traffic Safety Division in El Paso is partnering with Whataburger and the El Paso Police Department to offer car seat checks at five locations. This is the first time TxDOT locally is partnering with Whataburger.
    Family, friends remember Kendall County Deputy Carlos Ramirez
    Deputy Carlos Ramirez was laid to rest at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery on Tuesday.  Graveside ceremony for Deputy Carlos Ramirez at Fort Bliss Cemetery The fallen deputy was an El Paso native who graduated from Burges High School. Ramirez was a U.S. Army Reserve veteran who served the Kendall County Sheriff's office for three years.
    City of El Paso proposing nearly $1 billion bond for public safety
    El Pasoans may have the chance to vote on a $900 million bond for public safety in November. City leaders said they conducted a study that found that if residents want better emergency response times, they need better and more facilities. “We need to make sure that anytime somebody is relying on a police officer to show up that we need to have the resources to (respond) .
    Funeral services set for Texas sheriff’s deputy, Burges grad, killed in crash on I-10
    Funeral services for the 2006 Burges High School grad who was killed by a passing car while conducting a traffic stop early last week have been announced. Deputy Carlos (Smiley) Ramirez, 32, had just celebrated his birthday the day before he was tragically killed while on duty July 2. Ramirez was conducting a traffic stop when a vehicle struck and killed him along I-10 near Boerne, Texas.
    Sheriff’s Deputy killed in Central Texas crash was 2006 Burges grad
    A Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy killed when he was struck by a passing vehicle on I-10 near Boerne, Texas Tuesday was a 2006 Burges High School grad, according to a local law enforcement source. Deputy Carlos Ramirez was outside of his unit on I-10 responding to a traffic stop when he was struck and killed.
    New police Collective Bargaining Agreement with city of El Paso is fair: Ron Martin
    The Fire and Police Relations Act was approved by the Texas Legislature over four decades ago, and police and fire associations across major Texas cities have exercised their right to organize and to bargain collectively with their public employers regarding salaries and other concerns, such as the growing cost of living, job training, promotions, vacation days and family insurance expenses.
    Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill into law to help Texas police officers pay back student loans
    Police departments across the state of Texas will now be able to offer recruits student loan repayment assistance. This comes after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law this week. Senate Bill 16 allows police departments across Texas to give officers a maximum of $20,000 in state money to pay off their student loans.
    Police, funeral community to discuss permanently banning police escorts for processions
    The banning of police escorts for funeral processions in El Paso could become permanent.
    Officer struck by vehicle while escorting funeral procession improving

    The El Paso Police Department posted a photo of Officer Daniel Rodriguez sitting up in the hospital with his family and friends. Rodriguez was driving a motorcycle while escorting a funeral procession when he was struck by a driver trying to cut through the procession on Thursday, May 23. Police said in their Facebook post that Rodriguez is still in the ICU, but his condition is improving.
    EPPD, Emergence’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) works to address crucial gap in Police response
    The City of El Paso Police Department, in collaboration with Emergence Health Network and the County of El Paso, took a big step forward recetly in efforts to improve the behavioral health system of care. The department launched its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) to serve El Paso residents experiencing a mental health crisis.
    2nd suspect charged in death of Texas sheriff's deputy
    2nd Suspect Charged In Death Of Texas Sheriff's Deputy Authorities say the girlfriend of a man charged in the fatal shooting of a Texas sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop has also been charged in the officer's death.
    El Paso cyclists lace up in support of fallen officers
    Nearly three dozen local cyclists laced up Saturday morning in support of our community's fallen law enforcement officers. EP Fitness hosted the inaugural "Thin Blue Line Ride" indoor cycling event at its Lee Trevino location. The charity ride raised money and awareness for the Chuck Heinrich Memorial Park and the officers it honors.
    FBI Releases LEOKA Statistics For 2018
    The FBI has released the latest statistics on fallen officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2018.  According to the report, 106 officers were killed last year.  Of the 106 deaths, 55 were felonious acts and 51 were accidents.
    TxDOT kicks off Click It or Ticket Campaign, to raise awareness about seat-belt safety
    The Texas Department of Transportation is launching their annual Click It or Ticket Campaign on Wednesday, May 8, to reduce the number of drivers and passengers who are killed or seriously injured because they’re not buckled up. According to TxDOT, wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 45% in a passenger vehicle, and up to 60% in a pickup truck.
    Fallen Law Enforcement Officers to be Honored During 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 in Washington, DC

    The names of 371 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall between 7th and 12th streets in Washington, DC, at 8:00 pm on Monday, May 13, 2019. U.S.
    Borderland club helps families of fallen first responders
    The death of a police officer or firefighter is the biggest fear the families of first responders face. The combination of shock, grief, disbelief and anger is overwhelming, especially in the hours following the tragedy. That is when The Borderland 100 Club steps in immediately to help. The club's president is former El Paso police Officer Amanda Walsmith.
    Special tribute in honor of fallen officer David Ortiz

    It's been three years since Officer David Ortiz was killed in the line of duty, but the community will continue to remember his legacy with what is left. While losing her son, and never forgetting, Herlinda Ortiz in tears on Tuesday as she remembered the life of her son David Ortiz.
    School shootings' effects on police officers understudied
    LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The first SWAT team members to see the horror in the Columbine High School library had to step around bodies and ignore a wounded student's plea for help as they searched for shooters they didn't know had already died by their own hands.
    371 fallen officers to be honored during 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil

    Hundreds of fallen officers will be honored during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil in May. The names of 371 officers in U.S. law enforcement will be formally dedicated on May 13 at the National Mall.
    EPPD Accepting Applications for 127th Police Academy Class

    The City of El Paso is taking applications for Police Trainee.  If you would like to apply to become one of "El Paso's Finest," the job description is on-line at  To apply on-line go to This application is for the El Paso Police Department Academy, currently scheduled to begin on Jan 20, 2020.
    Victims of violent crimes honored in annual Crime Victims' Reading of the Names Ceremony
    El Pasoans joined by members of law enforcement spent an emotional Sunday morning remembering loved ones in the community who lost their lives. The week of April 7th through the 13th is National Crime Victims' Rights Week in the United States.
    Florida boy runs with flag in honor of fallen El Paso deputy
    People from around the city and country are paying their respects to fallen El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Peter Herrera. Zechariah Cartledge, 10, of Florida honored Herrera on Monday by running one mile with a symbolic thin blue line flag. "I really want to honor them because they do so much for us," Cartledge told KTSM. "Police are not bad people.
    Funeral Services for Deputy Peter Herrera

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association extends its deepest condolences to the family, loved ones, colleagues and friends of Deputy Peter Herrera #4928 of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Herrera died on Sunday, March 24, 2019, as a result of injuries he sustained after being shot multiple times after conducting a traffic stop on March 22.
    El Paso police officer to become torch bearer at 2019 Special Olympics
    An El Paso police officer is gearing up for the role of a lifetime. And he’s the only one to do it in the state of Texas. Passion has led this officer to the world stage. Our paths in life all lead us down different roads. “Coming out here to support them lit a flame in my heart,” said Sgt. Roberto Cardenas. Sgt.
    Texas Officer Fatally Shot While Responding To Burglar Alarm
    An officer was fatally shot while responding to a burglar alarm at a Texas home. According to local news station CBS7, Officer Nathan Heidelberg was shot by the homeowner who believed his house was being broken into.
    FBI Reports Overall Crime Declined In First Half Of 2018
    The FBI released their Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2018 on Monday, reporting an overall crime decline during the first half of last year. The report shows a decline in both violent crime and property crime in 2018 when compared to stats from the first half of 2017. Nearly all offenses in the violent category declined. Robbery decreased by 12.
    Funeral Services For Retired Sergeant Emmett Williams

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Sergeant Emmett Arthur Williams, who passed away on February 21, 2019 at the age of 89.  (Ret.) Sergeant Williams served with the El Paso Police Department for 30+ years, from February 1950 until his retirement in September 1980.
    El Paso police officers read to kids at Barnes and Noble
    Some El Paso police officers took time off from their busy schedule to read to children at Barnes and Noble Saturday. Dozens of kids showed up to hear officers read and they were joined by McGruff the crime dog. The purpose of the event was to help build relationships with children, so if they ever need help, they'll feel comfortable enough approaching an officer.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Medardo Ortiz Jr.

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Medardo Ortiz Jr., #67, who passed away on February 11, 2019 at the age of 84.  (Ret.) Det. Ortiz served with the El Paso Police Department for 22+ years, from February 1958 until his retirement in September 1980. Funeral Services for (Ret.) Detective Medardo Ortiz Jr.
    Police union president on Trump's El Paso comments: 'It was a slap in the face'
    El Paso law enforcement officers are contradicting President Donald Trump's claims that El Paso was unsafe before the border barrier was built. The president of the local police officers union told ABC-7 the barrier had nothing to do with making El Paso one of the safest cities in the nation.
    What Police Officers Need To Know About Hepatitis A
    Whether it is a pedestrian investigation on a busy street, taking the report of a crime or placing a person in custody, police officers have physical contact with people throughout their busy work day. With that contact, comes the risk of being exposed to various infections such as hepatitis A.
    Officer, suspect identified by El Paso police in last week's officer-involved shooting
    he El Paso Police Department’s Internal Affairs Shooting Review Team is continuing its investigation of the officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday, January 24, in El Paso's Lower Valley. Police identified three-year veteran Mizrahaim Delgado as the officer involved in the shooting and Alejandro Novela-Delarosa, 50, as the suspect.
    Shooting That Wounded 5 Houston Officers Started With Warrant Attempt
    It started as an attempt to serve a search warrant at a suspected drug house and quickly turned into a gun battle that killed two suspects and injured five officers, including four who were shot, Houston's police chief said.
    Some U.S. Police Departments Dump Body-Camera Programs Amid High Costs
    When East Dundee, a tiny suburb of Chicago, ordered body cameras for its 17 police officers, Terry Mee, the police chief at the time, told local reporters the devices­ would promote “officer safety” and “positive interaction with the public.
    The Impact Of A Government Shutdown On Public Safety
    As the Trump administration and Congress continue to spar over $5 billion in funding for a new border wall, the resulting government shutdown has reached day 26. On Jan. 12, it officially became the longest shutdown in American history, with no indication of an end in sight. Here’s how a government shutdown affects public safety personnel and first responders.
    UPDATE: Suspect shot by EPPD officers dies
    Police say the man shot by El Paso Police officers Monday morning has died. He has been identified as 25-year-old Louis Jose Burrus. Burrus was in critical condition after he was shot just before 5:00 a.m. Monday on the 2900 block of Trawood Drive, near George Dieter Drive.
    One person hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting in east El Paso

    El Paso police are investigating an officer-involved shooting.  It happened on Trawood Drive near George Dieter Drive Monday morning.  Darrel Petry, spokesman for the El Paso Police Department said they received several calls about shots fired in a neighborhood nearby.   He said they pursued a man who they believed was involved in the incident.
    Report: More Cops Died By Suicide Than In Line Of Duty In 2018
    For the third straight year, more officers died by suicide than in the line of duty, WGN 9 reports. According to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit run by active and retired police officers, at least 159 officers took their own lives in 2018, the same number of suicides tracked in 2017 and 19 more than in 2016.
    El Paso police seeing decline in applicants to become officers
    The El Paso Police Department had 107 vacant positions as of Dec. 16. The number of police officer jobs being filled across the country is on the decline. In El Paso the number of applications being submitted isn't necessarily the issue. It's the number of people making it through the academy application process. Sgt.
    50 States, 50 Police Heroes: How Cops Across The US Made An Impact In 2018

    Whether it’s braving a house engulfed in flames to save a life or simply buying lunch for a hungry person in need, police officers all over this country are making a difference – big and small – in the lives of countless Americans.
    EPPD: Suspect accused of shooting police officer in South Central El Paso now in custody
    El Paso Police have arrested a suspect who they believe shot a police officer near Seville and Sambrano in South Central El Paso earlier Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Police apprehended the suspect, who they described as a Hispanic male, at around 8 p.m. at a residence located on the 100 block of North Clark.  Crisis management team made contact with the suspect but he refused to come out.
    3 LEOs Shot In Houston While Serving Warrant
    A Harris County Sheriff’s sergeant and two officers from the Texas AG office were injured in a shooting while serving a felony warrant to a home in Harris County. The officers were shot while approaching the suspect’s door. They returned fire, but the suspect barricaded himself inside the home. Another deputy was injured on the way to the scene in a motorcycle crash.
    KFOX14 INVESTIGATES: Leaked copy of city manager employment agreement

    KFOX14 Investigates exclusively learns City Manager Tommy Gonzalez could be in for another raise and other perks as the city looks to solidify a new agreement. The employment agreement comes in the final days of the current council and in advance of his contract renewal, which would happen in June 2019.
    El Pasoans can now text 911 during emergencies
    Getting help during an emergency just got simpler. El Paso County has added Text-to-911 as an additional way to request emergency assistance, according to the El Paso Fire Department. Officials say the service should only be used when voice calling is not possible or if it would put the caller in danger.
    Police report: El Paso man killed in officer-involved shooting had 'anti-police' history
    KTSM has obtained the police report detailing an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead two months ago. As KTSM previously reported, the incident happened October 10 outside of the Pebble Hills police station in East El Paso. Richard Palafox, 76, was identified as the man killed in the exchange with officers. KTSM.
    Who wants to be a police officer? Job applications plummet at most U.S. departments
    Chuck Wexler talks to police chiefs frequently, as head of the Police Executive Research Forum think tank in Washington. Recently, he asked a roomful of chiefs to raise their hands if they wanted their children to follow them into a law enforcement career. Not one hand went up, he said. Nationwide, interest in becoming a police officer is down significantly.
    West El Paso rapid growth creates challenges for police
     It's no secret that east El Paso has been fast-growing for years. But officials said the westside isn't far behind.  This could be a challenge for police. With all the growth that the West Side is seeing, police said they're trying to keep up with the staff they have to keep everyone safe. But it's not so easy.
    4 LEOs Killed On Duty Over Thanksgiving Weekend
    Thanksgiving weekend was a deadly one for law enforcement with four officers killed in the line of duty across four different states. Officer Leann Simpson of the Philadelphia Police Department in Mississippi was killed Saturday in a car collision. Simpson was en route to assist with a traffic stop when her patrol car hit a light pole and rolled.
    Police Officer Among 4 Dead In ‘Horrific' Chicago Hospital Shooting
    A Chicago police officer and two hospital workers were killed Monday by a gunman who carried out a grisly assault at a city hospital. Police identified the fallen officer as Samuel Jimenez, a young cop with less than two years with the department.
    Texas Deputy Shot In Head During Standoff
    A Texas sheriff's deputy has been shot and a suspect is in custody after an attempt to serve the man with an arrest warrant ended in gunfire and a three-hour standoff. Authorities say it began Thursday when a deputy went to a La Grange discount store to serve the man with a warrant charging him with failure to register as a sex offender.
    DNA, Fingerprint Match Helped Lead FBI To Mail Bomb Suspect
    A Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump sent at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, Justice Department officials said, crediting DNA, a fingerprint match and misspellings for the key break in a case that spread fear of election-season violence with little precedent in the U.S.
    Shooting at El Paso Police Department's Pebble Hills Regional Command Center

    An El Paso Police Department alert confirmed shots were fired and added that it was a suicidal subject in the parking lot of the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center.  The person died in the parking lot, but no officers were hurt during the incident, police said.  Police spokesman Sgt.
    El Paso Police Officer Arrested and Charged With Injury to Child
    The El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Children (CAC) unit has arrested and charged five-year veteran El Paso Police Officer, Carlos Mendez with Injury to Child/Intent Serious Bodily Injury.  Investigators assigned to the El Paso Police Department’s CAC unit responded to University Medical Center (UMC) regarding an Injury to a Child case Thursday evening.
    Funeral Services for Retired Lieutenant John E. Douglas

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Lieutenant John E. Douglas #117, who passed away on September 10, 2018 at the age of 83.  (Ret.) Lt. Douglas was the first African-American to be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1977.
    El Paso police officer arrested in fatal hit-and-run wreck near Vinton on New Year's Day
    An El Paso Police Department officer was arrested months after he allegedly struck a pedestrian on Interstate 10 West and fled the scene, authorities said.
    EPPD lieutenant shares story of working on 9/11 as a New York police officer

    Lt. John Schneider began his career as a police officer in New York before joining the El Paso Police Department. He remembers very vividly working and helping civilians during the 9/11 terrorist attack. "At first, I thought it was just a plane, possible small plane, it's happened in the area before," said Schneider. Schneider quickly realized it was a terrorist attack.
    The public speaks: Cops are trusted
    To misquote Mark Twain, it is fair to say that the rumors of the death of trust for law enforcement have been greatly exaggerated. A recently released Gallup poll shows the Supreme Court, the medical system and Congress lagging behind the police as the most trusted institution in America.
    El Paso police officer who pointed gun at children cleared of wrongdoing in investigation
    An El Paso police officer who pointed his gun at children in a viral video was cleared of wrongdoing in an internal investigation, Chief Greg Allen said at a news conference Thursday. Allen said the investigation found that allegations that officer Joe Rios wrongfully pulled out his weapon and choked a minor were unfounded.
    EPPD proposes new headquarter building to El Paso City Council
    It's been 30 years since the El Paso Police Department moved into their current headquarters, which was once a Sears department store. El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen reported to El Paso City Council that the police department is in need of a new headquarters building on Tuesday.  Chief Allen said the efficiency of the building is costing the city money in repairs.
    A Day with the El Paso Police Department
    The El Paso Police Department is hosting a one-day event to introduce the various units of the El Paso Police Department.  Static displays and active demonstrations from Community Services, Traffic and Motors, SWAT, Crisis Management Team, Bomb Squad, K-9, COMSAR, Command Post, and Police Explorers to be held throughout the day.
    Texas City Seeking Grant To Equip Officers With Body Cams
    A $110,000 grant from Andeavor Corporation, THE Cardwell Foundation and the El Paso Community Foundation would allow the City of El Paso to buy body cameras for the El Paso Police Department. The grant will fund body cameras for the EPPD Crisis Intervention Team Unit and the DWI unit, according to a news release by the grant donors.
    EPPD to Honor (Ret.) Capt. Roger W. Miller with Retired Police Honors

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Captain Roger W. Miller #281, who passed away in Lucas, Texas on June 29, 2018, at the age of 84.   (Ret.) Captain Miller served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 22+ years.
    El Paso police officer found not guilty in son's drowning
    The police officer accused in the drowning of his 11-month-old son was found not guilty of injury to a child. On Thursday, the judge dropped two of the three charges he faces. Judge Susan Larson acquitted Raymond Licon Jr. on charges of abandoning and endangering a child and criminal negligent homicide.
    El Paso Police Chief addresses viral incident involving officer
    El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen addresses viral video incident and discusses investigation process and Discipline Review Board.
    EPPD union it isn't opposed to body cameras; but feels money should be spent elsewhere
    Those who live in the neighborhood where this viral video was recorded told KFOX14 a lot of trouble happens near here, and it's usually caused by children. "They're really bad kids. They stop traffic down on Alameda, too,” said Joel Cantu, a neighbor. "I see them. Even in the store, they talk a lot of smack,” another neighbor said.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Carlos Mendoza

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Carlos "Chuck" Mendoza, who passed away on July 4, 2018 at the age of 86.   Funeral Services for (Ret.) Detective Carlos Mendoza are as follows: Thursday, July 12, 2018: -Visitation from 5:00 - 9:00 PM at Hillcrest Funeral Home-East, 1060 N. Carolina Dr.
    Criminal Trespass Viral Video Incident Being Investigated
    On Thursday, July 5th, officers responded to the area of 6700 block of Sambrano on a criminal trespass call.  A series of events unfolded while the officers were handling the call and culminated with the situation that was captured on video and posted on social media sites. The Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an investigation of the incident.
    Funeral Services for Retired Officer Dan "Pops" Christman

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Officer Daniel W. Christman #445, who passed away in Temple, Texas on July 4, 2018, one week shy of his 67th birthday.   (Ret.) Officer Christman served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 21+ years.
    Funeral Services for Retired Officer Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Officer Jesus Rodriguez #682, who passed away on June 14, 2018 at the age of 66.   (Ret.) Officer Rodriguez served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 39 years.  He was commissioned by the El Paso Police Department in April of 1978 and retired on March 31, 2017.
    'Live PD' to have El Paso police Officer Andrea Zendejas as TV show's studio guest

    An El Paso police officer will be the studio guest on the "Live PD" cable television show this weekend. Officer Andrea Zendejas is featured regularly on the reality policing program as she patrols Northeast El Paso.  Zendejas will be in the show's studio in New York City this weekend, the television program and El Paso Police Department said.
    Vehicle Theft Prevention Event

    The El Paso Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force and the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center’s PAR Unit and Explorer Post have teamed up with Wal-Mart to provide a Vehicle Theft Prevention Event.  This event will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 9:00 AM to Noon at the Wal-Mart at 12236 Montana Ave.
    EPPD: Department too understaffed to fulfill governor's school safety proposal
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a 43-page report Wednesday that outlines strategies for preventing school shootings and making campuses safer. The governor made dozens of recommendations, which included increasing the presence of law enforcement officers at schools.
    Charge dropped against former Fort Bliss soldier accused in El Paso constable's death

    A judge approved an amended dismissal motion Monday to drop an aggravated assault charge against a man accused of causing the death of a constable. The decision came after defense lawyers claimed the original motion was unfair and vindictive. The original dismissal motion had an indictment for capital murder attached.
    Ex-EPPD Officer Arrested
    An ex-El Paso Police officer was arrested by the Department’s Special Investigations unit and has been charged with Sexual Assault.  The offender, William Alexander met the victim after he responded and handled a police call involving the victim.  Later, while off-duty the offender met with the victim and he sexually assaulted her.
    FBI Releases LEOKA Statistics For 2017
    The FBI has released some of the latest statistics on law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2017.  On Thursday, the FBI released a portion of the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2017 report, which said 93 LEOs were killed in the line of duty last year.  Of the 93 LODDs (line of duty deaths), 46 were felonious and 47 were accidental.
    Dallas police Officer Crystal Almeida of El Paso slowly recovering from shooting injuries
    Dallas police Officer Crystal Almeida, an El Paso native and Americas High School graduate, is slowly recovering from severe injuries she sustained in a shooting while on duty last week.
    Public Servants, Including Police, Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class
    OKLAHOMA CITY — The anxiety and seething anger that followed the disappearance of middle-income jobs in factory towns has helped reshape the American political map and topple longstanding policies on tariffs and immigration.  But globalization and automation aren’t the only forces responsible for the loss of those reliable paychecks.
    Dallas Police Officer Dies Following Home Depot Shooting
    One police officer has died and another was critically wounded in a shooting Tuesday by a gunman inside a Home Depot store in northeast Dallas, which set off a five-hour manhunt that ended with the chase and arrest of the suspected shooter. Officer.
    On Average, At Least 1 Officer Has Been Shot To Death Every Week This Year
    In the first 16 weeks of this year, 19 law enforcement officers across the US have been shot and killed in the line of duty, including sheriff deputies in Florida killed Thursday while they were eating in a restaurant. That averages out to more than one death a week.
    With Fewer Police Applicants, Departments Engage in Bidding Wars
    Like many law enforcement agencies, the Utah Highway Patrol has lots of vacancies to fill as officers leave for higher-paying jobs. It also has a lot of competition. Salt Lake City recently announced plans to hire 50 additional officers for its police force.
    City Council introduces new EPPD patrol cars, approve building award

    EL PASO, Texas - City Council handed El Paso Police Department keys to more than a dozen new patrol cars at Tuesday's Council meeting.    The delivery of the units is part of the Council's efforts to replace 300 patrol units within a two-year period.
    EPPD grows for first in 10 years, announces recruitment plans
    The El Paso Police Department's force will grow for the first time in 10 years.  The department has added 26 positions but police officials say that number is small compared to what the number they need to add.  At Monday's City Council meeting, EPPD presented strategies to help with the force's growth.
    Fast and subtle, police using partially marked cars to target aggressive drivers
    Roadside signs might declare friendly driving is the Texas way, but not everyone seems to get the message. That’s why the El Paso Police Department has been using partially marked vehicles to track down aggressive drivers, said Robert Gomez, public information officer for EPPD. Aggressive driving includes speeding, changing lanes without signaling and tailgating another vehicle.
    Man charged with killing Texas LEO 'wanted to go to war' with police
    Richardson police responding to a disturbance on Feb. 7 found themselves caught in an ambush with a man armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, according to newly released documents in the fatal shooting of a veteran Richardson officer and another man at an apartment complex. "It looked like he was hunting us," police Sgt. Brian Lee Alcorn stated in the affidavits.
    Police: Illinois Officer, Wife Killed By Son At Michigan College Campus
    After a nearly daylong manhunt, authorities took into custody a college student from the Chicago suburbs who police said fatally shot his parents on the campus of Central Michigan University. The university and local police said 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr., of Plainfield, was taken into custody after being seen passing through the campus after midnight Saturday.
    Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing 17
    A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
    Guns Stolen From UPS and Other Shipping Companies Are Turning Up at Crime Scenes
    BY BRIAN FRESKOS · @BRIANFRESKOS Sometimes before authorities know they’re missing. It was one of the biggest gun heists in recent memory: A band of thieves broke into several trailers parked at a UPS freight lot in Springfield, Missouri, and hauled away more than 650 firearms.
    Funeral Services for (Ret.) Sgt. Ignacio Sanchez

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Sergeant Ignacio R. (Chino) Sanchez #366 who passed away on January 18, 2018 at the age of 87.   (Ret.) Sgt. Sanchez served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 20+ years.  He was commissioned by the El Paso Police Department in February of 1960 and retired on April 4, 1980.
    Texas Officer Shot To Death While Serving Warrant
    Police have revealed the identity of an officer shot and killed while serving a warrant in Central Texas. A statement issued by San Marcos, Texas, officials said 58-year-old Officer Kenneth Copeland died Monday afternoon after being shot multiple times by a suspect while Copeland was serving a warrant.
    Funeral Services for Retired Las Cruces PD Officer J.R. Stewart

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association extends its deepest condolences to the famiy, colleagues and friends of Retired Motor Officer Juan Ramon (J.R.) Stewart of the Las Cruces, NM, Police Department.  Retired Officer Stewart was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by two carjacking suspects during a high-speed chase on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Las Cruces.
    Holiday Shopping Safety Tips
    The El Paso Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force would like to Pass On some Holiday Tips While you’re out and about during the Holiday Season. With the Holiday Shopping Season upon us, please be safe and smart and do your part so as to not fall victim to a Car Thief, or Burglar by following these simple tips: Six Ways to Keep Your Car Secure While Holiday Shopping 1.
    26 Killed In Church Attack In Texas’ Deadliest Mass Shooting
    A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.
    EPPD Wives fundraise to equip officers with life-saving tool
    It’s a basic life-saving tool that El Paso Police officers do not have as standard issue. But, that’s about to change. Following the tragic events in Las Vegas that happened earlier this month, the El Paso Police Wives Association said it’s raising money to equip each officer with two tourniquets.
    Body of Texas Tech officer killed returns to El Paso
    The body of the Texas Tech police officer killed returns home to El Paso Saturday.  Police say 19-year-old student Hollis Daniels shot and killed Floyd East Jr. in Lubbock earlier this month during an attempted arrest.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Richard (Ric) Contreras

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Richard (Ric) Contreras #732 who passed away on October 7, 2017 at the age of 63.   (Ret.) Detective Contreras served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 22+ years.
    Texas Student Charged With Murder In Campus Officer's Death
    A Texas Tech University student confessed to killing a campus police officer who had been booking him on a drug possession charge, telling detectives he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend," an investigator said. In an affidavit released Tuesday, Det.
    At Least 50 Killed As Gunman Opens Fire At Las Vegas Concert
    At Least 50 Killed As Gunman Opens Fire At Las Vegas Concert A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
    Police: Gunman Kills 1, Injures 7 At Tennessee Church
    A masked gunman invaded a Nashville church Sunday and opened fire, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants.  At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said.  An usher confronted the shooter, who apparently shot himself in the struggle before he was arrested, police said.  No motive was immediately determined.
    El Paso police, firefighters return from Hurricane Harvey flood-ravaged Houston region
    El Pasoans deployed to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts said they found a welcoming spirit amid the destruction caused by floods in the Houston region. An El Paso Fire Department rescue boat evacuated people in flooded neighborhoods while El Paso law enforcement officers backed up Houston police. “What stands out is the devastation of all the homes," said Lt.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective John Seelig

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective John D. Seelig #72 who passed away on September 12, 2017 at the age of 71.   (Ret.) Detective Seelig served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 20+ years.  He joined the El Paso Police Department in December of 1968 and retired on July 14, 1989.
    Felon Who Killed NM Officer In 2016 Sentenced To Life Without Parole

    A fugitive who fatally shot a New Mexico officer during a 2016 traffic stop was sentenced to life without parole Thursday. Jesse Hanes took a plea deal in May and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the death of Officer Jose Chavez, KOB News reported. Hanes and passenger James Nelson were wanted for a fatal shooting in Ohio when they were pulled over by Chavez in August of 2016.
    UPDATE: El Paso Police assigned to NRG Center mega-shelter
    The massive facility was opened Tuesday night and can house up to 10,000 evacuees, according to Houston media. As many as 1,030 people had arrived there as of early Wednesday morning.   The department sent 31 officers, four sergeants and one lieutenant more than 500 miles to support the local law enforcement in Houston.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Edmundo Camacho

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Edmundo B. Camacho #227 who passed away on August 24, 2017 at the age of 75.     (Ret.) Detective Camacho served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 26+ years.  He joined the El Paso Police Department in December of 1969 and retired on March 2, 1996.
    El Paso recognized as second safest city in America
    The City of El Paso was recently named second safest city in America in a report from SafeWise's "50 Safest Metro Cities in America - 2017" list. “We are proud to be recognized as the second safest city in the country. It’s a testament to the excellent work by our police department and first responders.
    Donation of Discretionary Funds for Fallen Officers Memorial Stands
    City Council Tuesday voted down an agenda item that would ask the El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association to return a $10,000 donation by former District 4 City Representative Carl Robinson. Robinson, who could not run for re-election because he was termed-out, donated the $10,000, allocated from his office's discretionary funds, to the police union shortly before he left office.
    Man tried hitting motorcycle police during pursuit, resisted arrest, officials said
    One man was hospitalized for injuries he allegedly sustained while resisting arrest after a police pursuit, officials said Thursday morning. The man, who has not been identified, was allegedly speeding on Interstate 10 westbound near Artcraft Road, El Paso Police Department spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Robert Aumen

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Robert S. Aumen #29. who passed away on July 26, 2017 at the age of 93.     (Ret.) Detective Aumen served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 28+ years.  He joined the El Paso Police Department in January of 1946 and retired on April 21, 1974.
    New cops hard to find; city struggles with shortage
    The El Paso Police Department has just over 1,046 officers, which may seem like a healthy number and raise doubts about talk of an officer shortage in the nation’s safest big city. But at the Westside Regional Command Center’s noon shift briefing last Thursday, Sgt. Alan Romaner kicked things off with a three-officer crew that would be working until 10 p.m.
    Vehicle Theft Prevention - Free Window VIN Etching

    The El Paso Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force and the Central Regional Command’s PAR Unit and Explorer Post have teamed up with Costco at Bassett Place to provide a Vehicle Theft Prevention Event on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 6101 Gateway West Blvd.
    EPPD union president warns of unsafe parking garage at headquarters

    The parking garage at El Paso police headquarters is not safe, according to El Paso Police Department union president Ron Martin. A few years ago, a fire truck fell through the top level of the garage, according to Martin. “Worst case scenario, you have a vehicle fall off the upper deck of the parking garage, lands on somebody or kills somebody underneath,” Martin said.
    Lower Valley park renamed after fallen police officer

    Carolina Recreation Center and Park in the Lower Valley was renamed to 'Officer David Ortiz Park' on Wednesday (June 14, 2017). City Council Representative Lily Limón and the City of El Paso Parks Department hosted the ceremony early Wednesday morning. Officer Ortiz graduated from Ysleta High School in 1989.
    Funeral Services for Retired Officer Stephen Dyess

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Officer Stephen B. Dyess #372. who passed away on June 14, 2017 at the age of 67.     (Ret.) Officer Dyess served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 20+ years.  He joined the El Paso Police Department in June of 1973 and retired on December 10, 1993.
    Community supports El Paso police officer captured dancing at Texas Special Olympics
    An El Paso police officer is being recognized for his dance moves.  Police Officer Jesus Hernandez has been praised since video of him dancing with one of the athletes at the Texas Special Olympics went viral.
    Police say off-duty Border Patrol agent has died

    An off-duty Border Patrol agent stabbed outside a far east El Paso bar has died, police said. Isaac Morales, 30, was leaving a bar early Saturday when he was confronted by 39-year-old Hisaias Justo Lopez, who is accused of stabbing Morales to death with a knife. KFOX 14 Update:  A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales.
    El Paso police officers running across Texas for kids
    Some of El Paso's bravest are on an epic run across the state. These police officers are on an important mission for the Special Olympics. "The kids are counting on us to get there to Arlington. The games will not start until the torch gets there," said Jesus Hernandez.  Hernandez is an officer with the El Paso Police Department. He's also one of the runners.
    394 Fallen Officers Honored During DC's Police Week Vigil
    The 29th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial honored 394 officers who have died in the line of duty. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly spoke at the event and lead the crowd in the candle lighting. "We mourn these fallen officers. We cannot avoid this dark truth," Sessions said.
    Funeral Services for Retired Officer George H. Garza

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Officer George H. Garza #822.  He passed away on May 3, 2017 at the young age of 56.     (Ret.) Officer Garza served the El Paso community as a peace officer for 29+ years, most of it spent working out of the Mission Valley Regional Command Center.
    Juárez officer killed, 1 other hurt in shooting
    A Juárez police officer was killed and another was wounded in an attack outside a convenience store Wednesday morning just west of downtown, officials said.
    “Line of Duty” - written and performed by Jon Secada and Joel Someillan

    El Paso police shoot man during traffic stop

    An El Paso police officer shot a man who allegedly took out a handgun during a traffic stop late Wednesday in the Northeast, a police spokesman said. The wounded man was taken to University Medical Center of El Paso. His condition was unknown. The shooting occurred soon after 11:40 p.m.
    "We Remember" Memorial Bicycle Trek Across Texas - In El Paso

    The El Paso Police Department along with the U.S. Border Patrol (El Paso Sector) will host the “We Remember” Memorial Bicycle Trek Across Texas on Thursday, April 20, 2017.   Everyone is invited to participate with the Trek Riders for a bicycle ride beginning at 1:30 PM at Bill Burnett Dr. and Gateway West Blvd. (located between Eastlake and Joe Battle in far east El Paso).
    Indebted to Some Very Brave People
    By Paul Kelly, President, San Jose POA In the past, I don’t remember a lot of “Good Samaritan” stories in which law enforcement officers were helped or saved by citizens doing the right thing. But I am happy and grateful to say this year seems to be different.
    In reversal, El Paso officer to be on memorial
    The name of an El Paso police motorcycle officer killed while escorting a funeral will be added to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial next month after initially being excluded. Officer Adrian Arellano, 39, was killed when his police motorcycle was hit by a car while working off-duty escorting a funeral procession on March 18, 2015.
    Texas deputy constable fatally shot; suspect at large
    A local law enforcement leader is dead after being shot behind the Baytown courthouse about 7 a.m. Monday, police said. The suspected shooter remains at large, leading to a lockdown in the area. Clint Greenwood, assistant chief deputy with the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office, was arriving to work when someone opened fire on him.
    El Paso detective creates rescue for pets involved in animal-cruelty cases
    At three years old, Kona has experienced enough pain to last a lifetime. The Shar-pei mix was found on the streets of Juarez, Mexico after being hit by a car. After losing the use of his two front legs, the dog had been dragging himself along so long that bone was exposed. His injuries were so far gone that a vet made the decision to amputate Kona's front legs.
    Senate OKs bills in response to Dallas police shootings
    Responding to the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers last July, the Texas Senate on Monday unanimously approved five pieces of legislation, including efforts to provide better bulletproof vests and give financial help to the families of officers killed on duty.
    Family and friends remember El Paso police Officer David Ortiz
     For many who knew police Officer David Ortiz it's almost unbelievable a year has gone by since he died. For Ortiz's family the death is still fresh in their hearts.
    Allen: Police don’t want immigration duties

    El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen says his department isn’t interested in taking on federal immigration enforcement duties. That’s what he told about 100 people at last Wednesday’s Central Business Association luncheon.
    20 Years After the North Hollywood Shootout, Echoes of the Terror Remain
    LAPD Officer James Zboravan was two months and eight days out of the police academy when he faced a barrage of machine-gun fire, shot and wounded a bank robber and dove across unarmored officers to shield them with his bulletproof vest. He was shot four times before leaping through an exploding glass doorway. “There was no time to be scared. It’s not a macho thing.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Alfredo "Freddie" Bonilla

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Alfredo "Freddie" Bonilla #52.  He passed away at the age of 80.     (Ret.) Detective Bonilla served the El Paso community as a peace officer for many years.      Funeral Services for (Ret.
    Public safety one of many goals for 2020, says El Paso leaders
    El Paso officials gathered Thursday to discuss how the city will grow within the next 3 years. Public safety made its way to the front of discussions. City council, the mayor and the city manager gathered with the heads of all city departments to break down the 20 key projects and goals it has for the next three years.
    Feds, Texas Police Search for Suspect Who Opened Fire on Officers
    A suspect wanted in a federal manhunt opened fire on law enforcement Tuesday. According to, local and state law enforcement joined a federal manhunt for the suspect and attempted to take the man into custody in a restaurant parking lot. The suspect resisted and opened fire on police. One bullet went through a glass pane of the restaurant, but no one was injured.
    Union will not back El Paso police officers charged with sexual assault
    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association does not back officers who are facing criminal charges, with minor exceptions. ABC-7 spoke with union President Sgt. Ron Martin after two El Paso police officers were charged with sexual assault.
    Study: Stress Can Leave Police Officers More Vulnerable to Disease
    For most people, cortisol, the vital hormone that controls stress, increases when they wake up. It’s the body’s way of preparing us for the day.
    Woman accused of injuring El Paso police officer in drunken crash denies allegation

    A woman accused of driving while intoxicated and injuring an El Paso police officer says she is not guilty. Sherry Lorraine Rodriguez pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday. Rodriguez is accused of crashing into a police vehicle and seriously injuring Officer Andy Rodriguez in December.
    Photos, videos: Cops, demonstrators across the US connect during Women's March
    Cops, demonstrators across the US connect during Women's March On Saturday, millions of people across the nation and abroad gathered together to march for women's rights in one of the largest demonstrations in United States history.
    Funeral Services for (Ret.) Det. Ramon Macias

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Ramon Macias #254.  He passed away on January 14, 2017 at the age of 84.     (Ret.) Detective Macias served the El Paso community as a peace officer for thirty-two (32) years.  He was commissioned in February of 1956 and retired in June of 1989.
    Defense Attorney: Perry under the influence when he crashed into officer's motorcycle

    The man who allegedly rammed into an El Paso Police motorcycle officer, killing him, accepted a 40 year plea deal from the district attorney Tuesday. ABC-7 has learned from defense attorney Joe Spencer that John Paul Perry, 45, was under the influence of Xanex and heroin the day he collided with Officer Ortiz's motorcycle. Spencer maintains the crash was an accident.
    Limited funding for EPPD causes shortage of officers, long response time
    The El Paso Police Department has been facing a major shortage in officers for several years now, according to the President of the Municipal Police Officers Association Ron Martin. Martin says the department currently has 1,031 officers. The same amount of officers the department had almost 20-years ago.
    More Texas police officers killed on duty this year than any other state
    Texas tops list for most officer deaths "He was at a red light just minding his own business, when some guy rammed into him, killing him. He was just doing his job"   Sgt. Ron Martin remembers the moment his friend and fellow officer David Ortiz was killed on duty. It was March 14th, 2016. Ortiz was struck and killed by a car while stopped at a red light.
    Officer Investigating DWI Crash Gets Hit by Another Intoxicated Driver

    Early on Friday morning, December 9, 2016, an El Paso Police officer was hit by a patrol car that was struck from behind by a drunk driver as the officer was conducting a field sobriety test on a driver from a previous collision.  The incident occurred in the 11200 block of Montana Ave. near George Dieter Dr.
    KFOX14 Investigates: City facing critical shortage of police officers
    EL PASO, Texas — In the city of El Paso, calls for help are taking hours to be answered and it all comes down to one thing: not enough police officers. El Paso police are facing a critical officer shortage. KFOX14’s Chief Investigative Reporter Genevieve Curtis got to see a side to El Paso police we haven’t seen before.
    60 law enforcement officers fatally shot this year, 20 in ambushes, report says
    A total of 60 law enforcement officers have died in firearms-related incidents in 2016, marking a 67 percent  increase since 2015, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported.  Citing a preliminary report from January 1 through November 23, the organization said that Texas has seen the most fatalities this year with 18.  So far, 130 officers have died nationwide.
    Police loosen standards for accepting recruits
    By Dave Collins and Lisa Maria Pane Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks.
    Police identify man shot by officer Saturday; allegedly lunged at officer with knife
    A police officer responding to a "suicide in progress" call shot a man who lunged at him with a knife, police officials said Monday. The shooting involving the officer happened shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday on the 100 block of S. Glenwood.
    What to do during a Traffic Stop

    Suspect In Officer Deaths Has History Of Racial Provocations
    A white man with a history of racial provocations and confrontations with police ambushed and fatally shot two white officers in separate attacks as they sat in their patrol cars, authorities said.
    Americans' Respect for Police Surges
    Three in four Americans (76%) say they have "a great deal" of respect for the police in their area, up 12 percentage points from last year. Gallup has asked this question nine times since 1965. The percentage who say they respect the police is significantly higher now than in any measurement taken since the 1990s and is just one point below the high of 77% recorded in 1967.
    Shooting Deaths of Law Enforcement Officers Increase 50 Percent
    Gunfire deaths of law enforcement personnel in the line of duty have increased 50 percent this year, according to nationwide statistics compiled on the Officer Down Memorial Page.  The 42nd death occurred Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in Lancaster, where Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Owen was fatally shot while responding to a burglary call.
    El Paso Primetime - Interview with Police Chief Greg Allen

    El Paso Police Department Chief Greg Allen recently appeared as a guest on El Paso Primetime, a radio show hosted by Richard Dayoub.  Listen to the interview as Mr. Dayoub talks with Chief Allen about El Paso's Safe City status, the aging police force, traffic safety, and much more. KTEP 88.
    Funeral Services for Alamogordo PD Officer Clint Corvinus

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association extends its deepest condolences to the famiy, colleagues and friends of Officer Clint Corvinus of the Alamogordo, NM Department of Public Safety (Police Department), who died in the line of duty after being shot on Friday, September 2, 2016.
    Funeral Services for Retired Detective Andres Carrillo

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Detective Andres "Andy" Carrillo #154.  He passed away on August 30, 2016 at the age of 78.     (Ret.) Detective Carrillo served the El Paso community as a peace officer for thirty-one (31) years.  He was commissioned in February of 1966 and retired in March of 1997.
    Report: 9/11 first responders show memory problems
    Report: 9/11 first responders show memory problems Cognitive impairment, long considered a leading risk factor for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, has been detected in a significant proportion of people who served as first responders during the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Stony Brook University researchers have found.
    Funeral Services for Retired D/C "Lupe" Dominguez

    The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of retired Deputy Chief Guadalupe "Lupe" Dominguez #35 at the age of 84.     (Ret.
    Cops Helping Kids - "Back to School" Events

    El Paso Cops Helping Kids will host a "Back to School" event on Friday, September 2, 2016 to assist school children from the Canutillo Independent School District. The backback giveaway event begins at 8:00 AM and will take place at the Westside Regional Command Center, 4801 Osborne Dr.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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).
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    “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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.

    "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!

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