About The Website
This is a multijurisdictional website supported by local, state, and federal agencies that allows the public to submit anonymous gang crime tips and wanted gang fugitive tips within the counties of Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Coke, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dawson, Ector, El Paso, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Kimble, Loving, Martin, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Winkler, and the municipalities of those counties.
This website creates a partnership between the public and law enforcement. Almost all supply, distribution and sale of illegal narcotics is supported by one or more criminal organizations. While you may only be aware of an individual or a small group of individuals who participate in the sale of illegal narcotics, the illegal product is supplied and distributed by larger criminal organizations. These same criminal organizations are often involved in a multitude of other criminal activity that negatively impact our communities including, robberies, home invasions, theft of automobiles, human trafficking, prostitution, child exploitation, and others.
Background of the West Texas Anti-Gang Center-El Paso
After the creation and success of the first Texas Anti-Gang Center in Houston, Texas, the El Paso Police Department was afforded the opportunity to bring an Anti-Gang Center to the West Texas area. Working with local law enforcement in the greater El Paso, Texas area during 2015/2016 the El Paso Police Department obtained authorization and funding to create the West Texas Anti-Gang Center, El Paso, TX. The center also known as the TAG became operational in mid-2017 with participation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Department of Public Safety, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, El Paso Police Department, and El Paso District Attorney, 34th Judicial District.
The TAG Centers are state-of-the-art facilities within which representatives from multiple law enforcement agencies will collocate in order to more efficiently and effectively cooperate and collaborate on intelligence, investigatory, and operational activities related to combating the shared threat of criminal organizations operating in and affecting the region. The TAG Centers serve to connect agencies beyond physical co-location through an information/intelligence sharing level across all agencies within the TAG Centers respective regions and across the TAG Centers statewide. There are currently six TAG Centers located across Texas.
- Cooperation - Recognition that the fight against criminal street gangs and violent crime is a common goal among all law enforcement that requires agencies to come together as a team in order to be more efficient and effective.
- Collaboration- Bringing agencies together to address the common threat of gangs/violent crime to apply each agency's unique perspective/jurisdictions and skill sets to bear on the violence impacting our community.
- Intelligence Sharing - Enabling our law enforcement partners to effectively address their common goals of reducing violent crime by openly and actively sharing intelligence.
- Dedication - Texas Anti-Gang centers are devoted to promoting the inter-agency cooperation/collaboration among law enforcement agencies across the State of Texas in the common fight against criminal street gangs/organizations and violent crime. Gangs have to a great extent eliminated organizational lines in order to become more effective against law enforcement. Law enforcement must respond in kind.
- Fighting criminal street gangs/criminal organizations and violent crime.
- Increased interagency cooperation/collaboration.
- Increased intelligence sharing opportunities/abilities.
- The inter-connection of agencies at a regional and statewide level in order to become a "force-multiplier" for law enforcement across the state.
The Primary Goals Of This Website Is To:
Educate West Texas area residents and businesses...about gang activity in the West Texas area and provide a means for them to report criminal activity anonymously.
The Illegal Threat - What is a Gang? - Criminal Enterprises - Gang Identification - Graffiti: Gangs vs. Taggers - We Need Your Help - Submit an Anonymous Gang Crime Tip
Assist parents and guardians...in identifying indicators and provide information about prevention services available in the West Texas area.
What is Being Done - Parents, Educators, & Community Residents - Prevention & Intervention Assistance - Under the Influence Warning Signs
Inform young people...on the dangers and consequences of joining a gang.So You Think You Want To Join A Gang or Submit an Anonymous Tip