For more than 33 years as a decorated law enforcement officer, Robert “Bobby” Flores has worked to make El Paso County a safer place to live, work and raise families.
Bobby began his career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a young detention officer and spent years serving on the front lines in the fight to keep our communities safe, rising to his position today as an Assistant Chief, overseeing more than 300 officers and staff, as well as a budget of more than $37 million. He understands the office, the responsibilities and every aspect of the all-important work of the Sheriff’s Office.
After his early days dealing with the challenges of keeping order and safety among inmates in the jail, Bobby entered the trenches of law enforcement to serve as a Patrol Deputy Sheriff – responding to emergencies and complaints, providing assistance to those in need and investigating crimes both serious and minor. In short, he was one of the officers who showed up when calls for help went out.
In 1993, Bobby earned a position with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, on which he served for more than 17 years. His duties ranged from an Entry Team and Precision Marksman Team Leader to, ultimately, Tactical Commander. He understands what it means to deal directly with the threats we face in our homes, businesses and schools.
Bobby built upon his years as a patrol officer to become a full time Academy Instructor in the Sheriff’s Training Division, a Sergeant of Investigations in the Criminal Investigations Division and a Lieutenant overseeing daily patrols, deputies and operations. In 2009, he was placed in charge of training not only cadets, but veteran personnel. Likewise, Bobby oversaw Mental Health Peace Officer Certification for all officers of the Sheriff’s Office.
Following his stint as Academy Training Director, Bobby was assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative, overseeing investigators and a $21 million budget. In that role, he worked closely with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies on extremely sensitive and high profile investigations, including those involving public corruption.
After four years with the Drug Trafficking Initiative, he was promoted to the position of Commander. As such, Bobby served in leadership roles in training, research, planning, jail operations, and major, high profile criminal investigations – supervising hundreds of staff, significant budgets, and activities covering virtually every responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office.
In 2022, Bobby Flores was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief, and placed in charge of the Sheriff’s Office Jail Annex, a facility with hundreds of staff, dozens of contracts with entities ranging from food vendors to the U.S. Marshals service, and nearly 2,000 inmates.
A native of El Paso, Texas; Flores holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University, is a graduate of the FBI’s prestigious National Academy, and has received numerous honors and awards throughout his career. He has served as an instructor with the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center, and is a certified Firearms Instructor.
In 2000, Bobby served on the Board of Directors for the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association, and completed his service as President from 2016 through 2019. He also served as Vice President of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Association (EPCSOA), and has been directly involved in negotiating labor contracts for better wages and benefits for law enforcement personnel. During his tenure with the EPCSOA, he worked to successfully negotiate three labor contracts and worked collaboratively to help secure a 20 year retirement option for all County Employees.
Bobby is a 1989 graduate of Eastwood High School and is married to Rocio Flores.
Complete worthwhile projects that are slated within our organization, including our animal control facility and short-term housing for weekenders and work release inmates. Additionally, we are undergoing the accreditation for our Jail Facilities through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.
Improve our commitment to our community’s mental health needs through the Crisis Intervention Program. Collaborate with stakeholders for Mental Health Diversion Programs to prevent the unnecessary incarceration of individuals in crisis who are not a threat to our community.
Ensure fiscal accountability and sound management of taxpayer dollars. Taxes are high enough for EP families and businesses, and we need to never forget who pays the bills.
Improve police services in outlying areas that have experienced a significant population growth. The current District Designation and Patrol Station Setup is over 10 years old and lacking resources in the Mission Del Paso Area.
Work with community stakeholders to develop a plan to deter and reduce gun violence by targeting the unlawful possession of firearms by prohibited individuals.
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