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August 2017 EPMPOA "Member of the Month" - Lt. Robert Nieto
(2nd from right) with Mike Medina, Jorge Santana and Ron Martin
El Paso Cops Helping Kids - "Back To School" Event
Thanks to EPMPOA, EPPD Wives Group, EPPD and Chick-Fil-A
EPPD Officers Assisted with Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
"Thank You" for proudly representing El Paso!
EPMPOA and CLEAT Endorse Dori Fenenbock
for U.S. Representative - Texas 16th Congressional District
Fallen Officer: Lynn R. McClintock, Motor Officer
End of Watch: October 3, 1926 - "Forget Not His Sacrifice"
Fallen Officer: Schuyler C. Houston, Captain
End of Watch: October 4, 1927 - "Forget Not His Sacrifice"
Fallen Officer: Jonathan K. Molina, Patrolman
End of Watch: October 5, 2012 - "Forget Not His Sacrifice"
Fallen Officer: Karl R. McDonough, Patrolman
End of Watch: October 13, 2010 - "Forget Not His Sacrifice"
Fallen Officer: Norman Montion, Detective
End of Watch: October 16, 1989 - "Forget Not His Sacrifice"

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The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association is happy to partner up with Operation Christmas Child again this year.  The EPMPOA encourages its members, all EPPD employees and anyone else who wishes to participate, to get involved with this very worthy cause by filling a shoebox with gifts for an underprivileged child.

Click here to see a brief video on how this program works.  Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. 

You can help by donating a gift-filled shoebox (or any other similar sized box) that will go to less-fortunate children around the world. Decide whether you will pack a box for a girl or a boy, and select an age category (2-4 years / 5-9 years / 10-14 years).  You can fill your box with simple age-appropriate gift items such as clothing, toiletries, games, puzzles, toys, school supplies, etc.  We ask that if you can, please donate $9 to assist with the cost to ship the box (cash or check is fine; see box for information on how to address check). 

Click here for additional information on how to pack a shoebox.

To facilitate the process, shoeboxes are available at Headquarters and at each Regional Command Center (see below).  Once you are done, return the box and it will be picked up by Operation Christmas Child volunteers who will make sure the process is completed and your box gets delivered to a child during the holidays.  

National Collection week this year is from November 13-20, 2017, however we ask that you please turn in all boxes no later than November 15.

Shoe Box Locations:

-Headquarters:  Across the Hall from Crime Stoppers (1st Floor)  {Liaison - Officer Estella Salas}

-Central Regional Command Center:  Shift Meeting Room {Liaison – Sgt. Rosalynn Carrasco

-Westside Regional Command Center: Outside Holding Cell Area {Liaison - Jaime Hernandez}

-Northeast Regional Command Center: Outside Roll Call Room {Liaisons - Lt. Jaime Velasquez & Phil Graveline}

-Pebble Hills Regional Command Center: Inside Shift Meeting Room {Liaison - Alex Ramirez}

-Mission Valley Regional Command Center: PAR Office {Liaison - Cynthia Rivera}

For more information on Operation Christmas Child, contact Mariann Porter at (915) 309-1850; or Sharon Nelson at (915) 212-4154.
 
"Thank You" and Happy Holidays from the El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association!

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Funeral Services for Texas Tech PD Officer Floyd East Jr.
The El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association extends its deepest condolences to the famiy, colleagues and friends of Officer Floyd East Jr., #635 of the Texas Tech Police Department, who died in the line of duty at the age of 48, after being shot on Monday, October 9, 2017. Read More...
El Paso, Texas police associations endorse Fenenbock for Congress
The El Paso Municipal Police Officers Association and the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas have endorsed Dori Fenenbock for Congress. Fenenbock, 49, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 16th Congressional District. Read More...
El Paso Police Wives help first responders in Houston area
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —  With several of El Paso’s first responders in the Houston area, they’re also in need of supplies. The El Paso Police Wives Association is asking for your help. They’re collecting donations to help local first responders who are in the middle of the relief efforts. "What can we do to support them. Read More...
  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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El Paso Police Accepting Applications for Police Trainee

The El Paso Police Departement continues to accept applications for the position of Police Trainee.  The filing period opened on July 6 and will close on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.  This recruitment is for police trainees for the 123rd Police Academy Class, scheduled to begin in February 0f 2018. The El Paso Police Department currently has 1051 sworn police officers.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“Line of Duty” - written and performed by Jon Secada and Joel Someillan

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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.
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"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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 MySanAntonio.com, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Cops Helping Kids - "Back to School" Events

El Paso Cops Helping Kids will host a "Back to School" event on Friday, 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.
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Hatch, NM Police Officer Shot and Killed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLEAT and Calibre Press are proud to present an 8-hour Street Survival Class in El Paso on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.   This class is normally $139 to attend. But CLEAT is offering a limited number of FREE seats to our members.  Act now to save a seat. If you claim a free seat, you are expected to attend because we have committed to purchase these seats from Calibre Press.
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Vermont State Trooper changes El Paso boy's life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHAPLAIN ONE – 10-8!


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The EPMPOA website is a service set up to provide information and assistance to the men and women of the El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association. 
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October 17, 2017

El Paso, Texas

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