The Website of the Southwest District of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol
Use the menu above for the following NMMP Troops:
For the Las Cruces Troop, press HERE
Truth or Consequences
Welcome to the website of the SW District of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol officially became a state law enforcment agency in 1941. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol (NMMP) is a state agency created by New Mexico State Law and staffed by certified volunteer police officers. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is not a division of the State Police but is an independent state agency that can be called upon to assist any law enforcement agency and serve anywhere in the state.
New Mexico Mounted Patrol Troopers may be called out by the Governor, the Chief of the State Police, or by any local or county police agency. The SW District of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol is responsible to serve agencies in Dona Ana, Sierra, Otero, Grant, Luna, and Hidalgo Counties.
A New Mexico Mounted Patrol Trooper's authority to be a New Mexico peace officer is outlined in New Mexico State Statute and can be found in the Criminal and Traffic Law Manual, (Article 6, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, Sections 29-6-1 to 29-6-6).
Though New Mexico Mounted Patrol Troopers are volunteers, government agencies do have the option of compensating Troopers for their time and service, or reimbursing Troopers for their fuel or other expenses, should they desire to. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol assists cities, counties, and other New Mexico Law Enforcement agencies as requested because these agencies cannot maintain the number of full-time police officers that are needed to safely cover their jurisdictional areas.
By New Mexico state statute, NMMP Troopers assume the SAME duties, powers, and authority and accept the control of the agency for which they are working for, when on duty. When requested by other agencies, NMMP Troopers augment their full time staff and assist these officers in the performance of their duties. NMMP Troopers are both commissioned and certified sworn peace officers with the full powers of arrest of the agency they are working for, as given by the legislature, per section 29-6-5 NMSA. Contrary to popular belief, the NMMP is NOT an equestrian unit. All of our horse power is under the hood.