COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY

COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY

A public celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be held Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at the Sheriff’s Department headquarters at 1725 Marquess Ave, Sheriff Juan Hernandez has announced.

The celebration – an open house featuring refreshments, live entertainment and a display of historical artifacts and photographs related to the department’s history – will begin with a live broadcast by 101 Gold Radio at 6 a.m. and continue through the afternoon, Hernandez said..

Founded concurrently with Doña Ana County on Jan. 6, 1852, the Sheriff’s Department has grown from a one-man operation on horseback to a modern law-enforcement agency with a fleet of more than 100 vehicles. The department sports a SWAT team, a bomb squad and one of the most successful K-9 units in the region.

Sheriff Hernandez, Undersheriff Frank Ruiz, several field deputies and non-certified staff of the department are scheduled to be on hand to provide tours of New Mexico’s only law-enforcement museum, as well as to answer questions about the department’s storied history.

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.