The department is comprised of 28 sworn Peace Officers, 10 Attendance Officers, over 50 Security Officers, a Dispatch section and a support staff. The officers are licensed Peace Officers of the State of Texas, they have full arrest powers and all rights similiar to municipal and county police officers. Additionally, we have an Investigations Unit, a K-9 Unit and a Community Outreach Program. The officers who are designated as School Resource Officers (SRO's) are assigned to the high schools and middle schools. Our officers specialize in establishing a one-on-one rapport with students, parents, and staff to ensure that they have a positive experience with law enforcement. All police officers work toward a common district goal of developing students who excel academically, who reason and solve problems rationally, and act responsibly by displaying good character and citizenship. The key to this goal being accomplished is the continued assurance of a safe learning and working environment for students and staff while maintaining a strict position regarding concerns such as drugs, alcohol, weapons, assaults, and any gang-related activities. The K-9 Unit assists in ensuring that we provide a drug-free learning environment. They are highly visible at the schools as a deterrent, conduct demo's, and also participate in many other school events. Our Investigations section provides us the ability to investigate criminal incidents such as assaults and thefts.
The Attendance Officers primary duties are to enforce the compulsory attendance laws of the Texas Education Code. They handle issues related to Truancy, Contributing to Truancy, Failure to Attend School/Class, and also ensure that all students comply with residency requirements, and that the requirements are current and correct.
The Security Section provides security coverage of the school district 24/7. They ensure the safety and security of the districts' properties, community and staff. They also respond to alarm calls, and provide general security for athletic and special events.
The PoliceDept. provides numerous community programs for our students, parents and staff. The officers give presentations throughout the school year on numerous topics such as substance abuse, gangs, bullying, and many more. Two flagship programs that have proven to be very successful are G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance & Education) and NetSmartz (Internet Safety).
The Community Outreach Program focuses on providing outreach services to the elementary schools and students & provides staff with a wide variety of topics that would be appropriate for our younger students such as; Stranger Danger, Bullying, Just Say No, Child ID Kits Program, and many others.
It is the mission of the Socorro ISD Police Services Department to provide services with integrity and dedication, to preserve life, to enforce the law, and to work in partnership with the City and County of El Paso and other law enforcement agencies in order to enhance the quality of education and life in our community.
It is the goal of the department to ensure the safety and well-being of SISD students, staff, and property.
It is our goal to maintain an innovative, knowledgeable, dedicated, and highly trained Police Services Dept. capable of adapting to a changing educational and community environment.
Our continuing goal shall be to provide the schools and persons we serve with professional and competent delivery of services and law enforcement resources.
G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training)
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement, officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.
G.R.E.A.T. has developed partnerships with nationally recognized organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Association of Police Athletic Leagues. These partnerships encourage positive relationships among the community, parents, schools, and law enforcement officers.
G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers awide rangeof components for students and their families.
Our community program is geared towards serving our citizens.
Our law-enforcement officers, often receive invitations to conduct Internet safety presentations in schools and communities. NetSmartz offers a variety of resources to law enforcement officials to assist them in their efforts to keep their communities safer. Whether the presentation is 10 minutes or 2 hours long, NetSmartz resources can accommodate any circumstance.
NetSmartz provides Internet safety presentations to children and adults of all ages educating them with slides detailing online risks, statistics, resources, and tips for keeping children safer online.The program also encourages kids and teens to examine their online behavior and take steps to prevent victimization of themselves and others. In addition, it teaches younger children what to watch out for on the Internet and how to avoid these risks.
Our officers are also trained and available to give presentations to students, parents, and staff.
Contact: 937.4357 (Dispatch)
Community Outreach- Elementary School Students
Police Services has expanded its service capabilities through the adoption of the Community Outreach Program. This program is one of the safety tools that can and will help students feel safe within the school setting, and provides education on issues such as; Just Say No to Drugs, How to Use 911, Kids Identification Cards, Bullying, Stranger Danger, and many others. This is achieved by presentations to students and staff, and has proven to be a positive prevention tool.
Contact: Joe Ramirez 937-0246 or 937.4357
School Resource Officer – S.R.O.
The School Resource Officer Program is a collaborative effort by certified law enforcement officers, in conjunction with educators, students, parents, and the community to offer law related educational programs in the schools, in an effort to reduce crime, drug abuse, violence, and provide a safe school environment. The SRO program focuses on intervention and prevention towards ensuring a safe educational environment while at the same time being a role model and resource for our students and staff.
We currently have SRO's assigned to our High Schools, Middle Schools and Combo Schools.
Campus Crime Stoppers
Statistics have shown that the majority of our students know what crimes are being committed and who is committing them. The Campus Crime Stoppers program will allow students to call a secure phone line and report those crimes to an adult school sponsor. The adult school sponsor will report the tips to the appropriate law enforcement agency that will follow up on the information. If the information has helped the school in solving a crime, or administrative action is taken regarding the information, the student informant will receive a cash reward. The reward system is an effective incentive for the students to report crime.
Campus Crime Stoppers is a successful, national program that has been implemented in over 1,000 schools. The Campus Crime Stoppers in El Paso will be under the umbrella of Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc. This allows them to be a certified program protecting the school sponsors in keeping the student informant anonymous. Only a certified Crime Stoppers program is protected under Texas Government Code regarding evidence of communications. As a certified program, Campus Crime Stoppers will be required to have regular student board meetings, complete monthly statistical reports, and follow Robert's Rules of Order at all board meetings.
Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc. will assist the school campus with reward money, phone equipment, and office supplies. Each school will be required to participate in fundraisers to assist in the funding of the program. Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is funded by the community.
You can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 566.TIPS (8477), anonymously, to report a crime or any information that may lead to the arrest of a criminal.