El Paso Police Department
El Paso Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency working in and serving the city of El Paso in Texas. Being next to the border with Mexico, the El Paso PD unsurprisingly has more than 1,300 employees, and around 1,100 of these are sworn police officers. The El Paso Police Department operates on a $158 million annual budget and serves a population of over 680,000 people.
Locations & Facilities
911 N Raynor St
El Paso, TX 79903
The Police Headquarters is an off-white colored building with three flag poles in front of the entrance. There is plenty of parking on the property, and the facility takes up an entire city block. The police department shares the same building as the El Paso Water Utilities.
Central Regional Command
200 S. Campbell St.
El Paso, TX 79901
The Central Regional Command building is a late 1800s style architecture built with red bricks. It’s a three-story building. Street parking on the block is limited. However, there is a parking garage across the street (to the southwest).
Mission Valley Regional Command
9011 Escobar Dr.
El Paso, TX 79907
Mission Valley Regional Command is a red and white one-story building. It looks like a school building, and it’s on the east corner of Escobar Drive and North Zaragosa Road. The police station is adjacent to Zaragosa Park.
Northeast Regional Command
9600 Dyer St.
El Paso, TX 79924
The Northeast Regional Command station is a single-story white building with teal accents. The station shares the building with the El Paso Municipal Court, and there are plenty of parking spots on the property.
Pebble Hills Regional Command
10780 Pebble Hills
El Paso, TX 79935
The Pebble Hills Regional Command police station is a red and white building with a blue arched metal structure at the entrance. The police facility is adjacent to the Pebble Village Shopping Center.
Westside Regional Command
4801 Osborne Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79922
The Westside Regional Command police facility is a red two-story building. The police station is across the street from Mister Car Wash.
The El Paso Police Department has an exciting history because a large number of early records were lost in a fire, or more specifically, basically everything from the period before 1950 is now lost forever. Additionally, Wild West folklore has also been mixed in with the department’s history. All of this has made it difficult to pinpoint an exact date of the department’s establishment.
The official date of establishment is 1884, but most are pretty confident the department has existed much before during the notorious wild west days. In 1889, the El Paso PD appointed T.C. Lyons to be its first chief of police. He wasn’t part of the more rough law enforcement agents who were previously a common sight in the region, and he marked the beginning of the modern El Paso PD.
The 20the century marked the age of countless advancements for the El Paso PD. Motor vehicles started being used in 1909, and fingerprinting was launched in 1915. In 1946, the department hired the first African American officer, and around the same time, it started hiring women as well. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the same rights nor opportunities for advancement in those days, but thankfully, today is much different.
Today, the police force numbers more than 1,000 members and serves an incredibly safe city, even though it’s right across the river from the notorious Ciudad Juarez, one of the most violent cities in both Americas. What’s more, El Paso has been one of the safest large cities in the US since 1997, which is a significant achievement for the El Paso PD.
The Chief of Police
The current police chief of the El Paso Police Department is Greg Allen, who has been appointed to this essential duty in March 2008. He is the 37th police chief, and you can reach out to him via [email protected] if you need to.
You can always try to join the El Paso PD if you want to. Visit this link to learn everything you need to know about applying.
Social Media & Website
- Tell someone where you’re going
- Pack 1 liter of water for every two hours you’re on the trail
- Always stay on the trail
- Pack a flashlight
- Bring a first aid kit
- Pack food
- Plan for the worst
This video remembers the fallen police officers of El Paso PD. It’s a well-produced video but somewhat difficult to watch.