About the El
Paso County Sheriff's Office
According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, “The Sheriff’s Office
Law Enforcement Bureau is comprised of three (3) divisions, the Emergency Services Division, Investigations Division, and
Patrol Division, all tasked with carrying out the statutory responsibilities of the Sheriff, which include preserving the
peace, executing writs, fire warden responsibilities, and search and rescue efforts.
The Detention Bureau is comprised of
three Divisions: Security, Operations and Support. The Security Division is responsible for housing and supervision of the
1500 plus inmates in CJC on a daily basis. The Operations Division encompasses the Intake and Inmate Services and Court Services
Sections. The Intake and Inmate Services Section is responsible for the intake and release of inmates from the facilities,
classification screening and placement, inmate court file maintenance, bookkeeping and warrant processing. The Court Services
Section is responsible for the safe transport and security of all inmates at CJC to and from court. The Detention Support
Division encompasses the Standards and Compliance and Facility and Offender Management Sections. The Standards and Compliance
Section is responsible for maintaining accreditation through the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the National
Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC) as well as maintaining policies and procedures that direct operations within
the Detention Bureau. The Facility and Offender Management Section is responsible for alternative sentencing programs such
as Work Release and the Reintegration and Recovery Program.”
Steve Gaenzle has over 25 years of distinguished service as a peace officer.
He has been decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal as well as Meritorious Services to his community. Steve began his
career with the El Paso County Sheriff ’s Office in El Paso, Texas, his hometown.
The demand of knowing the Spanish language was paramount in this border town.
He instructed in the West-Texas Regional Training Academy in El Paso, Texas and then continued his career in Colorado. He
has been a field supervisor, Field Training Officer, undercover detective assigned to the FBI Federal Fugitive Task Force,
and a lead homicide detective in a major crimes unit. In addition to being a Spanish language instructor, Steve has instructed
Interview and Interrogation, Crime Scene Search and Protection and Colorado Law. Steve has been instrumental in creating new
Spanish training programs for dispatchers, Patrol, Jail personnel and created Spanish training programs Colorado, Utah and
New Mexico. Steve is recognized as an expert in the field of the Spanish language. Steve is the lead Spanish instructor for
the Rocky Mountain High Intesity Drug Trafficking Area, RMHIDTA.
Steve, who has a degree in sociology/criminology from the University of Southern
Colorado, co-authored a book with Jorge Charry on “Spanish Language Concepts for Law Enforcement.”