2022 Annual Report - El Paso Police Department

El Paso Police Department

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is a division of the El Paso Police Department’s Organized Crime Division, and is primarily tasked with various aspects of homeland security, intelligence gathering, and related criminal investigations. Areas of responsibility for the unit include threats involving critical infrastructure and/or government facilities, acts or suspected acts of terrorism, hate crimes, school and active shooter threats, imminent threats to elected or government officials, civil disturbance or demonstrations, bomb threats, and working as the liaison to the Office of Emergency Management. The unit also investigates criminal misconduct allegations by public officials and public safety employees. SIU also participates with joint task force responsibilities with the FBI and HSI drone program and special projects. SIU oversees state homeland security grant management, city facility access control, and any other task deemed necessary by the Office of the Chief. Organized Crime Division The El Paso Police Department's Auto Theft Task Force specializes in investigating motor vehicle crimes throughout the City and County of El Paso, Texas. The taskforce receives grant funding from the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority (MVCPA) and remains the only Auto Theft Task Force for the far western part of the State of Texas and the Southwestern United States. The Auto Theft Task Force is responsible for investigating auto related crimes which include theft of motor vehicles, fraudulent transfer of motor vehicles, thefts of auto parts, forgery of motor vehicle titles, vehicle insurance fraud, and recovery of stolen vehicles reported from outside agencies. The taskforce also serves as a liaison with Mexican authorities and assists with the repatriation of recovered U.S. stolen vehicles back into the U.S. from Mexico. The taskforce works closely with law enforcement agencies operating within El Paso County; Fort Bliss, TX; Dona Ana County, NM; and Otero County, NM. The taskforce consistently collaborates with other MVCPA grant funded Auto Theft Task Forces across state and with Mexican authorities across international boundaries in order to combat auto thefts. The Auto Theft Task Force Crime Awareness Section is responsible for providing education and public awareness at events to the public (i.e. schools, colleges, civic organizations, citizen police academies, and other law enforcement agencies). The Taskforce’s Crime Awareness Section disseminates the MVCPA’s State of Texas message of “Lock it Down” campaign. The taskforce also conducts salvage yard inspections, southbound border checks at the U.S. Ports of Entry for stolen vehicles, 68-A form inspections as requested by the Division of Motor Vehicles, assist with vehicle arson investigations, and provides department training on auto theft investigations.

Special Investigations Unit Cases Assigned Cases Cleared By Arrest/Warrant

Auto Theft Task Force Cases Assigned Cases Cleared Adult Arrests Juvenile Detentions Call-Outs Vehicles Recovered Value of Recovered Vehicles 1,661 898 182 3

110 8 9 33 18 56 61 725 13

Cases Cleared By Non-Arrest Cases Exceptionally Cleared Cases Unfounded Call-Outs Drone Deployments Hours Manning the EOC Site Assessments

200 865 $13,024,352


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