2021 Annual Report - El Paso Police Department


El Paso Police Department

Criminalistics Crime Scenes Processed

The El Paso Police Department’s Criminalistics Unit is comprised of the Department’s Crime Scene Unit (CSU), Photo Lab, and Latent Print Section. CSU consists of full time officers who respond to many different types of scenes to assist with the documentation, interpretation, and collection of evidence. In addition, CSU always has a Major Crime Response Team on call, which is tasked with investigating all homicides, officer-involved shootings, or any other type of serious incident that requires a substantial amount of documentation and evidence collection. CSU is comprised of 16 officers, three sergeants, and one lieutenant. CSU is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

1,835 27,157 14,308 2,722 57

The Crimes Against Children (CAC) section of the El Paso Police Department is tasked with the investigation of child abuse, child endangerment and neglect, and child sexual abuse. The victims in sexual abuse cases are under the age of 17 and the victims in abuse and neglect cases are younger than 15 years of age. The dedicated detectives of this section work toward advocating for their victims and bringing victims justice. The section is comprised of 14 detectives, two sergeants, and one lieutenant. CAC operates out of the Advocacy Center for the Children of El Paso. The center is a child friendly environment where a collaboration of agencies work toward helping victims of abuse. Major Crimes Division

Criminal Packages Processed Latent Fingerprints Submitted Latent Fingerprint Identified Major Call-Outs Cases with Latent Evidence Submitted

Crimes Against Children Reviewed Cases

2,176 932 83

1,628 4,672 4,601

Cases Assigned to Detectives Cases Exceptionally Cleared Cases Cleared by Arrest or Non-Arrest Cases Unfounded Call-Outs Search Warrants Issued Physical Arrests CPS Cases Reviewed

Latent Fingerprints Compared Fingerprints Submitted to AFIS

220 230

Financial Crimes/ Internet Crimes Against Children

The Department’s Photo Lab is comprised of two civilians and is in charge of storing, maintaining, and handling all legal matters with the Department’s photographic and video evidence. They are also tasked with photographing any Department public event, fallen officer funeral, promotion, and EPPD Academy graduation. Latent fingerprints are the most commonly found piece of evidence collected from crime scenes; therefore, the Department has always maintained a Latent Print Section within the Criminalistics Bureau. The Latent Print Section is capable of matching collected latent prints to individuals in our database. The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) was added in 1989, which was one of the first in the country. AFIS now holds the known prints and criminal histories on over 570,000 individuals, with the added ability to access databases belonging to the State of Texas, the State of New Mexico, and the FBI. In 2021, the Department upgraded to the newest version of AFIS at a cost of $1.3 million. This AFIS is now the most state of the art version of AFIS in the entire country. Because of its accuracy and reliability, the Department’s Latent Print Section receives search requests from all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies throughout El Paso. The Latent Print Section is staffed with one civilian supervisor, two civilian latent print examiners, and five full-time latent examiners.

42 22 44 4,722

Cases Assigned Cases Cleared Call-Outs Arrests Arrest Warrants

894 765 18

46 22

Items Received for Forensic Search Items Finished for Forensic Search Community Presentations

502 477 5

Crimes Against Persons Assigned Murder Cases Assigned Aggravated Assault Cases Assigned Sexual Assault Cases Assigned Other Cases Veteran’s Court Program Home Visits 41 477 278


The Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) is a diverse team that encompasses White Collar Crimes, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), Digital Forensics, the Fugitive Section, and the Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit. White Collar Crimes investigates major thefts, fraud, and embezzlement. ICAC combats child exploitation and takes proactive measures to apprehend predators. The Digital Forensic examiners support all investigative units by locating and preserving electronic evidence. Fugitive detectives track down and apprehend violent criminals. Animal Cruelty serves to protect those victims without a voice. The unit works in partnership with federal agencies as members of the US Secret Service Task Force, Homeland Security ICAC Task Force, and the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit

Cases Assigned Cases Cleared Call-Outs Juvenile Arrests

162 126 12 0 493 21

1,184 1,682 1,976 1,630 212 1,025

Overall Cases Assigned Overall Cases Cleared Call-Outs Registered Sex Offenders

The Crimes Against Persons (CAP) Unit falls under the Major Crimes Division and is composed of 17 detectives, five officers, four sergeants, and one lieutenant. CAP investigates the following cases: all criminal homicides, aggravated sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, aggravated kidnappings, aggravated robberies, sexual assaults, kidnappings, all missing persons, all death investigations, to include in-custody deaths, officer involved shootings, and any other offense designated for investigation by the Chief’s Office. CAP also oversees the Cold Case Unit, Sex Offender Registration and Tracking (SORT) Unit, and assists with the Veteran’s Court Program.

ACIU Tip Line Calls Warrants Executed Warrants Outstanding Community Presentations

0 3



2021 Annual Report

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