As a qualified candidate for Sheriff, I am here to serve the community of El Paso with my experience and knowledge. I have been working in law enforcement for over 20 years and have a great understanding of the complexities of the job. My focus is on making sure taxpayer resources are efficiently used and on addressing mental health in policing.
I am dedicated to the safety and well-being of the people of El Paso, and will use my experience to ensure that justice is served. I am excited to be running for Sheriff and look forward to making a difference in our community.
Transparency • 20+ Years Experience • Community Approach to Policing
It's time for a progressive visionary leader who possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience and is eager to serve our community.
A new generation of leadership with fresh perspectives.
I'm committed to providing transparent and fair policing in our community by ensuring we operate truthfully, making our policies and procedures available to the public, and engaging in open dialogue with our citizens so our community understands the operations of the department.
I'm dedicated to making our county safer and more efficient. With 20 years of experience in law enforcement, I'm the only candidate who has experience running a department, and I'm the only candidate who has been elected by voters and been responsive to constituents in an elected position.
I will commit to providing a safe, secure environment for our citizens. My department will build relationships with the community and involve them in the policing process. By working together, we can all make a positive difference in El Paso.
Civilian Social Services Unit:
A new approach to solving social challenges.
The establishment of the Civilian Social Services Unit within the Sheriff's Office is a dedicated initiative to addressing pressing social issues within our community. Our primary focus areas include mental health, homelessness, food insecurity, and supporting troubled youth. Through proactive outreach, connecting individuals to assistance programs, conducting follow-ups after law enforcement encounters, and serving as a reliable support system, we aim to make a meaningful impact on the lives of our fellow community members.
At the heart of our mission is the belief that everyone deserves access to the resources and support necessary for their well-being and success, regardless of their background or circumstances. By working collaboratively with local agencies, organizations, and community members, we can create a caring network that supports those in need and helps build a stronger, more inclusive community.
"I first came to know Constable Ugarte while I was County Judge and saw firsthand how innovative, thoughtful, and committed he was. He is a strong law enforcement leader, very focused on engaging with the community, and a talented professional."
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar
Gun Buy Back Program
It's time to create a gun buyback program in El Paso County.
As your Sheriff, I will work on creating a buyback program for El Paso County, and committ to uniting with local leaders, businesses, and non-profit organizations to establish a dedicated fund for this crucial program. This initiative will allow individuals to voluntarily and safely surrender firearms no longer wanted or needed. This effort reduces gun violence by limiting access to firearms that may be used in criminal activities or unintentional incidents.
Gun buy back programs have been tremendously successful in other communities
By fostering an understanding of responsible firearm ownership and usage, we can help prevent tragic incidents and promote a culture of safety. As your Sheriff, I'll launch this much-needed program right here in El Paso.