El Paso County Sheriff's Office
El Paso, TX
Deputy Jesse Tovar created "Manhunt Monday", a fugitive apprehension program designed to assist Law Enforcement in capturing fugitives from the El Paso area who are wanted for violent or serious crimes against society. Since its inception in September 2008, 69 out of 113 fugitives have been captured by profiling one or more individuals every week through television, internet, newspaper and radio.
Deputy Tovar was nominated for the All-Star award by a victim of sexual assault because Jesse helped him spread the word about his rapist, who is still on the run, 15 years later.
This story along with two others has also been featured on America's Most Wanted.
Manhunt Monday has also assisted other local, state and federal agencies in profiling sought fugitives.
Deputy Tovar gives credit to the boots on the ground and the community that have contributed to the success of the program and looks forward to going national.
Jesse is a 13 year-veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. His law enforcement career began in February 1998 as a Detention Officer assigned to the El Paso County Jail Annex. During his time there, Deputy Tovar was a member of the Special Reaction Team (Riot Team) & an armed Detention Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in August 2001. As a patrolman, Deputy Tovar carried out his duties as a Field Training Officer. In 2005, Deputy Tovar became a member of the El Paso Sheriff's Office SWAT Team & was also brought on as the Public Information Officer for his agency. Deputy Tovar is a State Certified Instructor and holds an Advanced Master Public Information Officer Certification. Present day, Deputy Tovar continues to work as one half of the Sheriff's Office Public Affairs Section and remains as a current member of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team.
Jesse, a native of El Paso, choose a career in law enforcement so he could help to keep the residents of his hometown safe.