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.

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Start a career that's bigger than you! Learn real-world leadership, take on great responsibility, and reach your full potential while enhancing the quality of life in the City of El Paso. Explore your opportunities to create meaningful change in the City by joining the Force! View careers, and benefits, and apply for job openings at www.joineppd.com.

For more information call 915-212-4319, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.

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Report Crime & Issues

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

There are three ways you can report problems such as overgrown weeds, illegal dumping, and much more! Dial 3-1-1 on any phone, report or look up your case online, or use the EP311 app! Find out more including a detailed list of code violations:

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

Sociable City Assessment Action Plan

The City of El Paso contracted with Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) in 2023 to conduct a Sociable City Assessment. This report is the culmination of the analysis and recommendations for El Paso’s nightlife and social economy.

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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 Respect Life
  • We Revere the Truth
  • We Enforce the Law
  • We Seek Community Partnership
  • We Honor Our Police Powers
  • We Conduct Ourselves With Dignity

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