The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department envisions a safe, secure community where the rights, history, tradition, and culture of each community member is valued and respected. The Department will achieve this vision by pro-actively collaborating with the Pueblo of Jemez leadership and the community to identify, engage and solve public safety concerns which will improve the quality of life within the Pueblo of Jemez.
To Provide quality and professional law enforcement services to the residents of the Pueblo of Jemez with a significant emphasis on Community Partnership.
The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department is responsible for serving the Jemez Pueblo tribal members. The Police Department administers its law enforcement services in compliance with the BIA program’s policies, procedures, and guidelines. All Pueblo of Jemez Police Officers are Certified by the State of New Mexico and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Federal).
Services Offered by Department
The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department offers police service to Tribal members who live within the exterior boundaries of the Pueblo of Jemez. Services include misdemeanor violations of Tribal ordinances and Major Crimes Investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney’s Office. Other services include Traffic Control, Accident Investigation, Traffic Enforcement, School Safety, Special Events, and Community Involvement and Education.
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 twenty-four-hour response, 365 days a year. The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department was also selected from 567 federally recognized tribes to be represented as an example of “Promising Practices in Tribal Community Policing” published by the Community Oriented Policing Services, U. S. Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
The Department is staffed with a Chief of Police, one Lieutenant, two office staff personnel, one full-time Traffic Safety Officer, eight full-time certified sworn police officers and one Criminal Investigator who also handles regular patrol calls when needed. Through a law enforcement commission issued by the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, and a Federal, Special Law Enforcement Commission (SLEC) all officers have full authority to enforce Federal, State, Tribal Criminal, and Traffic laws. Major felony crimes are investigated and prosecuted in conjunction with the Albuquerque Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit
As a part of its overall Highway Safety Program the Pueblo of Jemez Police Department participates with the Sandoval County DWI Taskforce Highway Safety Program and assists with DWI checkpoints and underage drinking initiatives throughout the county in conjunction with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, SAFER New Mexico program and other area law enforcement agencies. The Department also participates in The Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Highway Safety Program, State Traffic Safety Bureau’s DWI and Buckle-up initiatives and National Law Enforcement Mobilizations. Speed limits on Jemez Pueblo lands are strictly enforced. The Pueblo of Jemez Police Department utilizes several special Traffic Enforcement vehicles equipped with the most advanced, state of the art, Speed Detection equipment to enforce State and Tribal Traffic laws.