SHERIFF GARRISON ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVE

SHERIFF GARRISON ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY POLICING INITIATIVE

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department has created a new division devoted primarily to the rural residents of Doña Ana County. The Community Enforcement Response Team (CERT) is a community-oriented policing division initially staffed by four deputies.

Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison said he created the team to resolve problems and address ongoing issues in rural communities. CERT officers also will happily attend and participate in community meetings.

In an effort to maximize resources and minimize response times, Garrison has implemented two CERT districts, in the northern and southern sectors of the county, with U.S. 70/Picacho Avenue as the dividing line.

Residents of the northern district can reach CERT deputies at (505) 525-8879 to report any community problems or concerns.

Residents of the southern district can reach CERT deputies at (505) 525-8878 to report any community problems or concerns.

Emergency calls from all areas of the county should continue to be placed to the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority by calling 911.

Garrison said he will assign additional deputies to the CERT program as issues are identified that warrant program expansion.

“The goal here is to reintroduce effective and responsive community policing to Doña Ana County’s rural communities,” Garrison said. “I look forward to working with my department and all our residents to enhance this program over time and to make it a model for community policing in the State of New Mexico.”

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801 or Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Natalie Williams at (505) 202-1506.