Robert Almonte retired
in 2003 after nearly 25 years with the El Paso, Texas Police Department. He had spent the majority of his career in Narcotics
Investigations as a detective, sergeant, and commander, until his promotion to Captain, in May of 2000, and then Deputy Chief
in October of 2000. Robert oversaw the Narcotics unit and other detective units as Captain and Deputy Chief. As Commander of the Narcotics section, Robert implemented the Narcotics Hotel/Motel unit, which evolved
into a HIDTA task force.
In 1999, Robert
also formulated and implemented the West Texas HIDTA Stash House Task force, which received the 2000 White House Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award for “Outstanding HIDTA Interdiction Unit”. The Hotel/Motel task force and the Stash House Task force have been extremely successful, and have been
emulated by other departments throughout the United States. Robert attended El Paso Community College and graduated Summa
Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University.
He is also a certified
instructor through the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education, and has traveled throughout the
United States providing training for thousands of law enforcement Officers, through DEA Jetway schools, SKYNARC, and the Multi-Counter
Drug Task Force Training (MCTFT), as well as other training organizations. Robert
also conducts Narcotics Interdiction Training through his own business; Narcotics Training Specialist, and is also a consultant
for General Dynamics. Robert is a 2-time past president of the Texas Narcotic Officers Association (1999-2000, 2001-2002)
and will begin a third term as President in August, 2005. He has been on the Executive board of T.N.O.A. for the past 9 years. Robert served two years as the Southwest Regional Director for the National Narcotic
Officers Associations Coalition (NNOAC), representing the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, California
and Hawaii. He is the current Vice-President for the NNOAC.
Robert Almonte has
received numerous awards for his efforts, including the 1999 White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) award
for National “Outstanding HIDTA Task Force Commander”, as well as a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
About the El Paso
Early law and order in El Paso
was turbulent with city marshals being hired solely for their ability to shoot fast and straight. The first city marshal was appointed in 1873.
Late in 1880, Marshal Dallas
Stoudermire was involved in the killing of five men in one shoot-out. During this time, the town was open to outlaws. By 1883, the
city marshal's force was expanded to five officers. The following year marked
the establishment of what is now known as the El Paso Police Department. History of the El Paso Police Department
Today El Paso, with a population
of over 600,000, is a large city without big city problems. Resting at the far
west corner of Texas, with Mexico to the south and New Mexico to the west, El Paso is the 17th largest city in the United
States and holds the distinction of being one of the six safest cities in the country.
EL Paso is uniquely recognized as the largest U.S. city on the Mexican-American border.
The city offers a diversified culture and enterprise and is currently enjoying Texas' fastest growing economy.
The El Paso Police Department
currently employs over 1,100 officers and nearly 300 civilian employees who serve with pride and dedication. The Department is committed to providing quality community policing from its five Regional Command Centers
located throughout the city. Each Command Center offers full policing services
to its residents including routine patrol, traffic enforcement, detective services, community relations and other specialized
functions. The Department's administration and centralized major crime units
are housed in its centrally located Headquarters Building.
Law enforcement in El Paso presents
a unique challenge due to its proximity to both an international and State border. Each
day, thousands of people enter El Paso from Mexico and New Mexico to visit, work and shop.
El Paso's population combined with those of Juarez, Mexico and neighboring U.S. communities form a metroplex of nearly
2 million people. Despite the high demand for police services, the professional
men and women of the Department join with its community to meet the challenge.