Pueblo of Jemez Police Department
The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department was established in 2003 with COPS funding and then through a PL93-638 contract from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The department is a recognized law enforcement agency operating under the authority of the BIA, New Mexico State Statutes and the Pueblo of Jemez. The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department provides law enforcement, criminal investigations and traffic safety services with a 24 hour response, 365 days a year.
The Department is staffed with a Chief of Police, a Lieutenant, four full-time tribal and state-certified sworn police officers, one Criminal Investigator who also handles regular patrol calls when needed and one part-time officer. Through special commissions issued by the State of New Mexico and by the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, all officers have full authority to enforce Tribal and State criminal and traffic laws. Major felony crimes are investigated and prosecuted in conjunction with the Albuquerque office of the FBI.
As a part of its overall Highway Safety Program, the police department participates in the Sandoval County DWI Taskforce and assists with DWI checkpoints and underage drinking initiatives throughout the county in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office, State Police and other area law enforcement agencies. The department also participates in the State Traffic Safety Bureau’s DWI and Buckle-up initiatives and the national law enforcement mobilizations. Speed limits on Jemez Pueblo lands are strictly enforced and the Department uses CISCO software to maintain “a timely and effective data base system” to track traffic enforcement actions and crash data.
The police department’s primary vehicle fleet consists of distinctive silver Ford F-150 4x4 crew cab pickups. These 4-wheel-drive vehicles are essential to patrolling the Jemez Pueblo lands which range from rocky mountainous terrain to a U.S. highway. The police department also maintains three specialty vehicles to facilitate its patrols and traffic safety efforts in the mountains on undeveloped roads and on U.S. 550 where violator speeds often exceed 90 miles per hour. These vehicles are a Jeep Rubicon, a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and a Dodge Charger Police Pursuit vehicle. The department also has a 31 foot Class A mobile command vehicle purchased with Homeland Defense funding that stands ready to respond to a major incident in the Jemez Valley. This vehicle is also utilized for DWI checkpoints and during major events such as the two annual Tribal Feast Days.
Chief of Police
Pueblo of Jemez
P.O. Box 708
Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024
Office: (575) 834-0468
Sandoval County Dispatcher: 1-800 898-2876
Fax: (575) 834-0470
Location: Pueblo of Jemez Police Department
11 Bearhead Canyon Road,
Jemez Pueblo, NM