COUNTY ADDS THREE NEW DEPUTIES TO SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

COUNTY ADDS THREE NEW DEPUTIES TO SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

SANTA FE — Sheriff Juan Hernandez presented certifications to Doña Ana County’s three newest deputies at the March 25 graduation ceremonies of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

Deputies Tim Girard, Manuel Melendez and Robert Telles graduated as part of the academy’s 158th class. They endured 16 weeks of training in leadership, driving, firearms, fitness and law-enforcement academics.

Of the 50 members of the graduating class, Girard was named class valedictorian for his superior performance in all the training areas. As valedictorian, he spoke to the crowd of about 500 who attended the graduation ceremonies. Girard thanked his fellow graduates, his family and his fiancé for their support.

Other speakers at the ceremony included New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricio Serna, Academy director Darrel Hart and DPS Special Agent Tomm Kailey.

The graduating class included new officers for police and sheriffs’ departments across the state, as well as new park rangers and livestock inspectors.

Hernandez said he is hopeful that someday a satellite academy will be located in Las Cruces.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.