EPCSO adopts zero-tolerance nicotine policy
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles implemented a zero tolerance nicotine policy anywhere on Sheriff's Office property April 8th. The new policy applies to all employees, volunteers, interns and reserve deputies.
Sheriff Richard Wiles also announced that he will only hire potential candidates who share the department's commitment to being role models. All new Sheriff's Office employees must sign a "condition of Employment Agreement" in which they agree not to use nicotine products both on and off duty.
Current employees who were employed prior to the implementation of the April 8th, 2014 policy may continue to use nicotine, but must leave the grounds of any Sheriffs' Office facility including county buildings, parking lots and county owned vehicles.
The Sheriff’s Office will support employees who want to quit smoking or using similar products by providing smoking cessation programs offered by the County of El Paso.
The public will also be notified of these changes as signs shall be posted at the entrances to all Sheriff’s Office facilities notifying persons entering the facility that the use of nicotine products is prohibited. (These signs shall display the announcement in both Spanish and English)