This is My Office
How would you like to be able to walk right out of the house and right into your office? As a New Mexico State Police Officer, the community you live and work in is your office, so your work day begins the minute you walk out the door. With a squad car that is set up to be a mobile office, you can start your day right away, logging in and getting started the moment you get in. New Mexico State Police covers 100% of your vehicle expenses, which is a substantial benefit considering the annual cost of car ownership in the US is $8,000.
New Mexico State Police is divided into 12 different districts, and each officer is assigned a home district. Your assigned community is counting on you to help keep them safe and help make the community a better place. Mobility throughout your career is a part of joining the New Mexico State Police.
District 1 – Santa Fe
Santa Fe is the smallest district, encompassing Santa Fe and Pecos. The district office is located in Santa Fe. Known as “The City Different,” Santa Fe is the cultural center of New Mexico, and also the highest capital city in the US. It offers more than 400 restaurants, 250 art galleries, and 19 museums, along with lots of opportunities to pursue outdoor activities from skiing to camping, hiking, or fishing.
District 2 – Las Vegas
The Las Vegas district encompasses Las Vegas all the way up to Raton and on to the border of Colorado. It borders the Santa Fe District to the south.
The district office is located in Las Vegas with a subdistrict office in Raton. This region includes two National Forests, and one of the largest lakes in the state, Storrie Lake.
District 3 – Roswell
District 3 is headquartered in Roswell, and also encompasses Carlsbad and Hobbs, along with the southern quadrant of the state. This region is located at or near the confluence of three rivers, the Spring, the Hondo, and the Pecos, and was originally a part of the Mescalero Apaches’ land. These days, the region offers the opportunity to explore museums, learn more about aliens, or explore New Mexico’s only National Park, Carlsbad Caverns.
District 4 – Las Cruces
The Las Cruces district is located in the southern part of the state, encompassing Las Cruces down to the border with Texas and Mexico. It is often referred to as the champagne district, as many of our officers want to retire here, making it the district that is the hardest to transfer into. Las Cruces is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Based in Las Cruces, New Mexico State University brings education and cutting-edge technology, while the Organ Mountains and Chihuahua desert provide opportunities to get outdoors and explore.
District 5 – Albuquerque
Centrally located, Albuquerque is the largest district officer-wise, with subdistricts in Edgewood, Los Lunas, and Cuba.
Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico, providing opportunities for cultural activities, educational opportunities at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College. Albuquerque is also home to ExpoNM, which falls under the jurisdiction of the NMSP, and the International Balloon Fiesta.
District 6 – Gallup
Located in the western part of the state, the Gallup district stretches all the way to the Arizona state line and includes Grants and a Port of Entry for commercial vehicles. The district office is located in Gallup. Gallup is known as the center of Native American Art, with 70% of the authentic Native American art in the world coming from this region. Surrounded by beautiful red rock canyons and ancient ruins, there are many opportunities to get outdoors and explore the culture and landscape of this region.
District 7 – Española
This district is located in the region north of Santa Fe, covering Española, Taos, and the area up to Questa. The district office is located in Taos, with a sub-district office in Española. This region is known for its Hispanic influences on art and culture, and its memorable landscapes. Taos Pueblo is the only Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Wheeler Peak, along with the Rio Grande and Red Rivers, provides opportunities to get outside and hike, hunt, camp, or fish.
District 8 – Alamogordo
The Alamogordo district also includes Ruidoso, and borders the Roswell and Las Cruces districts. The district office is located in Alamogordo. This area includes White Sands National Monument, which covers 275 square miles of desert with white gypsum dunes, with the opportunity to sled, hike, bike, or camp.
The Tularosa basin offers the perfect climate for pistachios, pecans, and grapes, and you can visit many nut farms and wineries in this region.
District 9 – Clovis
Clovis is a geographically large district located in the high eastern plains, encompassing Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, and Fort Sumner.
The district office is located in Clovis. Clovis is the capital of the high plains, home to Cannon Air Force Base, and lots of cultural activities, including the Clovis Music Festival, and youth rodeo.
District 10 – Farmington
The Farmington district is located in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, and includes a lot of reservation land along with San Juan County. The district office is located in Farmington. Nestled in the San Juan River Valley, at the confluence of the Animas, La Plata, and San Juan Rivers, this area is home to both successful agriculture and oil, gas, and mining operations. Farmington is home to the Connie Mack World Series, and has one of the top-rated public golf courses in the country (Pinon Hills).
District 11 – Socorro
The Socorro district is huge geographically and includes Truth or Consequences and Elephant Butte Lake. The district office is located in Socorro. Socorro mixes small-town charm with cutting-edge technology, thanks to New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array Radio Telescopes are a short drive from town, as is the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
District 12 – Deming
The Deming district stretches down to the southern border, and covers Lordsburg and Silver City. The district office is located in Deming. This district has a lot of border activity, as well as commercial activities as I-10 enters the state in this district. Deming is a jumping off point for tours of the Florida Mountains and Rockhound State Park, with a variety of outdoor activities. Deming is also the place where the silver spike was placed on the tracks, to mark the completion of the second transcontinental railroad.