Police Department

It is the mission of the El Paso Police Department to preserve life, to provide services with integrity and dedication, to enforce the law, and to work in partnership with the community to enhance the quality of life in the City of El Paso.

El Paso Police Department

Report Crime & Issues

DIAL 9-1-1 FOR EMERGENCIES OR CRIMES IN PROGRESS​
NON-EMERGENCY PHONE: (915) 832-4400

If you need to contact the department for any questions
please call the El Paso Police Headquarters at
(915) 212-4000
911 N Raynor St, El Paso, TX 79903

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Code Enforcement Issues

You can dial 3-1-1 on any phone and report problems such as overgrown weeds, illegal dumping, and much more. You can also report or look up your case online or the EP311 app, for links and details check out the EP311 webpage.

For information on the Convenience Store Ordinance Registration see Online Services.

History of EPPD

The El Paso Police Department's history relates to and intertwines with more popular "old-west" history due to its over 120 year history. EPPD has been in existence since the late 1800’s and was formally “established” in 1884 led by rapidly-rotating city marshals. These marshals (most former Texas Rangers) were chosen for their ability to control the rough persons attracted to the "untamed" west. At that time El Paso was on the “edge” in the westward movement and violent.

The newspaper stories of the late 1800’s were very colorful and often contained considerable exaggeration which makes it hard to tell fact from fiction. This exaggeration was intended for the benefit of the folks back east, those not adventurous enough to “tame the west”. Early in EPPD history, the city marshal was often the “worst of the worse”, due to the necessity of the city marshal having to always display a "rough" reputation so they would not be challenged by the “bad guys”. Notable/notorious wild west members were:

  • Dallas Stoudenmire: city marshal, notorious gunfighter for his speed and precision, and allegedly gunned down “four men in five seconds”.
  • John Selman: early El Paso constable, killed John Wesley Hardin, and performed many depraved acts during the Lincoln County War.
  • Thomas Moad: Assistant Marshal, Texas Ranger, helped capture William “Curly Bill” Brocious, and the first El Paso Police officer killed in the line-of-duty.
  • T.C. Lyons: the first EPPD Chief of Police, not a "rough" character instead adopting the beginning of servants and protectors of the public.

Throughout the years there have been notable events that lead to change within the EPPD with some of them listed below:

  • May 1941: two women applied for police clerk which broke the mold for women to eventually become a full-duty officer.
  • June 1942: the newspaper published the first want-ad for a full-duty policewoman.
  • December 1945: the race barrier was broken when the Mayor appointed four ex-military African Americans as police officers.
  • 1950’s: a significant fire destroyed most of the Police Department’s records.
  • 1972: the EPPD established the first Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Unit.
  • June 1974: the first 5 women graduated from the Police Academy.

Core Values

We honor our police powers, and do not tolerate the abuse of our police authority.

  1. Officers will be aware of the extent and the limitation of their authority in the enforcement of the law.
  2. Employees will provide every person in our society with professional, effective, and efficient law enforcement services.
  3. Officers will not restrict the freedom of individuals by detention or arrest, except to the extent permitted by law.
  4. Employees will courteously and promptly record any complaint made by a citizen against any employee of the Department. Employees may attempt to resolve the problem but will never attempt to dissuade any citizen from lodging a complaint. Employees will follow established Department policy for processing complaints.
  5. Employees will not accept gifts or other benefits or engage in any conduct in violation of the City’s Ethics Ordinance.
  6. Employees will not use their position, identification card, or badge for personal or financial gain, obtaining privileges not otherwise available to them, or avoiding the consequences of illegal acts.

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