NM Law Enforcement Academy Board

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board was created in 1969 to promulgate qualifications for hiring and standards for training New Mexico law enforcement officers and telecommunication officers. The Board is the Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) agency for New Mexico, awarding law enforcement officer and telecommunication officer certification. Oversight of the Law Enforcement Academy operations, revocation or suspension of certifications for officer misconduct, and direction for in-service training of officers are but a few of the many responsibilities of the Board.

The Board consists of the Attorney General, who serves as Chairman, a certified Tribal or Pueblo Police Chief, a Municipal Police Chief, a County Sheriff, a State Police Officer, a District Attorney, a line level officer of the rank of Sergeant or below, and two citizen representatives. The Board meets a minimum of four times a year to conduct business.


The Honorable Gary King
Attorney General, State of New Mexico

PO Drawer 1508
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
(505) 827-6000
Line Officer

Sergeant Jaime Quezada
West Area Command Patrol Supervisor / Shift A
Las Cruces Police Department
217 E. Picacho
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 528-4200

Municipal Police Chief

Chief Chris McCall

Hobbs Police Department
300 N. Turner
Hobbs NM 88240
(575) 397-9284
(575) 397-1988 FAX
Citizen at Large
Citizen at Large

Mr. Nate Korn
1660 Eubank Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM  87112-4115
(505) 293-2300 x 101

Mr. John Gratton
NMSU Carlsbad
1500 University Drive
Carlsbad, NM 88220
(575) 234-9210
State Police

Chief Pete N. Kasetas
DPS Deputy Cabinet Secretary - Operations/NM State Police Chief
PO Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628
(505) 827-9002

Sheriff James R. Coon
Chaves County Sheriff's Department
P.O. Box 1396
Roswell, NM 88202-1396
(575) 624-6500
Native American Tribe or Pueblo Chief

Chief Harry Betz
Santa Ana Tribal Police Department
02 Dove Road
Pueblo of Santa Ana, NM 87004
(505) 771-6732
District Attorney

Lead Investigator Patrick R. Barncastle
5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
400 North Virginia. Suite G-2
Roswell, New Mexico 88201
575-622-4121, Ext. 15109