The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department has an excellent K-9 Unit dedicated to implement an aggressive drug interdiction program. The deputies and their dogs (teams) spend hundreds of hours each year training to enable them to perform their duties to protect the residents of Doña Ana County. The K-9 teams have helped detect and locate drugs, find weapons used in crimes, and apprehend dangerous suspects. The K-9 Patrol is an integral part of the professional law enforcement team that serves in the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department.
The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department has embraced the philosophy of community policing by entering into partnership agreements with the residents of the communities we serve. Our mission is to take a problem-solving approach to reducing and deterring crime. Twenty deputies have just been added to the unit, bringing the number of community police officers to twenty-eight. The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office is utilizing bicycles and four-wheelers to have closer contact with the residents we serve.
Criminal Investigations Division
The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Criminal-Investigations Division (CID) handles most felony-level criminal investigations. CID is comprised of one Captain, one Lieutenant, two Sergeants, 12 Investigators and the Mobile Crime-Scene Unit
Some examples of crimes handled by this division are:
- Crimes Against Persons: including homicides, aggravated robberies, sexual assaults and kidnappings
- Crimes Against Children: including child abuse and tracking registered sexual offenders
- Gang-Related Crimes: including drive-by shootings, apprehension of fugitives and extortion claims
- Financial Crimes: including white-collar crimes, public-integrity crimes and cyber crimes
- Death Investigations: including unattended deaths, suicides and cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Domestic-Violence crimes
- Animal-Cruelty crimes
- Property Crimes
CSI investigators respond to crime scenes and complete preliminary and follow-up investigations, then they conduct research to establish common links between crimes, and then they seek to identify and arrest violent offenders. Afterward, they record and track statistical information on criminal activity.
The Legal Division of the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office makes sure that all of the reports, paperwork, and evidence generated and collected by the field officers is recorded and filed to be available when needed. The amount of documentation and evidence generated by cases is astronomical. The Legal staff also administers civil documents from the judicial system in Doña Ana County.
The Patrol Division is the backbone of the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department. A deputy sheriff's duties include serving the community, safeguarding lives and property, protecting the innocent, keeping the peace, and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality, and justice. Deputies patrol the county ready to answer 911 calls at a moment's notice, on the lookout for criminal activity, and addressing safety issues. Patrol deputies enforce federal, state, and local laws, and protect the individual citizen's Constitutional rights. Patrol is one of the most dangerous of police duties, but it is necessary for enforcement of the law and deterence to crime.
The Division is comprised of five deputies specially trained in crash investigation. During his campaign visit in the 2004 election, the Traffic division escorted President George W. Bush from the Las Cruces airport to his campaign site and back providing him protection for his entire stay.
- Asking us to overlook a simple traffic violation would be asking us to compromise our entire attitude toward the value of your life.
- KNOW YOUR SPEED. Speed limits vary in New Mexico.
- Help keep our roadways safe.
Victim Advocates Division
Crisis Intervention: Victim Advocates are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist victims of crimes resulting from domestic abuse or victim reparations. Just as with law enforcement, this service is available to any resident of Doña Ana County. Referrals are made to other agencies as needed to provide victims with shelter, medical services and criminal investigations. Victim Advocates will transport abused household members and their children to appropriate places of safety 24 hours a day. Additionally, Victim Advocates will provide transportation to and from court as available.
Orders of Protection: Victim Advocates assist victims in outlining and completing an Order of Protection for any victim of domestic abuse and will also assist the victim through the hearing process. Upon request, we can provide safety information and can assist in helping a victim of domestic abuse prepare an Affidavit of Violation from the Order of Protection issued by the court. Deputies can assist and help prepare an emergency Order of Protection and can contact a Victim Advocate for follow-up with victim on the next working day.
Filing claims For Financial Compensation: Victim advocates are available to assist crime victims in applying for compensation of medical bills, counseling, loss of wages, or funeral expenses through the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission.
Filing Misdemeanor Charges: Additionally, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocates can help victims understand the process in filing a criminal charge and/or referring the case to the District Attorney’s office for the consideration of criminal charges.
Information About Your Case: Victim Advocates can also provide information regarding the status of an Order of Protection and/or criminal case and will act as a liaison between the victim and law enforcement.
Accompaniment to Court: We are available to attend court proceedings with the victim to provide support and advocacy at their request.
Referral to Other helpful Agencies: In the event victims need help in obtaining assistance from other agencies, Victims Advocates can provide extensive information regarding social services, mental health programs, medical treatment, legal referral and other law enforcement agencies.
General Support and Assistance: The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office Victims Advocacy group is committed to providing assistance to any victim in need throughout the entire criminal justice process – from the time a crime is committed, to the resolution of the case.