State Criminal Justice Profile

New Mexico

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $5 million* in state and local funds to New Mexico.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $1,782,915
Justice Assistance Grant Program—15 Local Awards $873,495
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $2,405,157

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
New Mexico Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 State of New Mexico Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $1,782,915

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Albuquerque 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $478,386
City of Clovis 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Clovis and Curry County 2014 JAG $18,833
City of Farmington 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $69,394
City of Gallup 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $35,846
City of Hobbs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Equipment Project $20,525
City of Las Cruces 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Las Cruces Police Department Equipment Expansion Project FY 2014 $39,134
City of Las Vegas 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Defensive Tactics Certification Training and Equipment for San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office $14,332
City of Roswell 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $30,548
City of Santa Fe 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $42,741
Dona Ana County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $28,026
Eddy County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Eddy County Collaborative Law Enforcement Effort $16,918
Pueblo of Laguna 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Laguna Police Officer Protection $10,406
Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Sleuth and Digital Recording Equipment Project $24,132
Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $29,463
Village of Los Lunas 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mobile Forensics Solution Project $14,811

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Judiciary Courts of the State of New Mexico 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 New Mexico Drug Court Program Fidelity and Certification Project $153,540
New Mexico Board of Pharmacy 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 New Mexico Prescription Monitoring Program $399,921
New Mexico Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds $53,519
New Mexico Higher Education Department 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 New Mexico FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $31,345
Pueblo of Acoma 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Pueblo of Acoma Tribal Court—Justice Systems, and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program $750,000
Pueblo of Pojoaque 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Pueblo of Pojoaque Path to Wellness Court Project $319,947
Pueblo of Sandia 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Pueblo of Sandia Healing to Wellness Court $241,708
Zuni Tribe 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Pueblo of Zuni Court Enhancement $455,177

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 28

Sworn Officers: 353

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • 100% of the 28 law enforcement agencies in New Mexico have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
Note: Detail may sum to less than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 5 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 10 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 21 officers were assaulted (0.04% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for New Mexico:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 11,660 12,782 9.6
Murder and Manslaughter 116 125 7.8
Forcible Rape 957 2,591 N/A
Robbery 1,847 1,810 -2.0
Aggravated Assault 8,740 9,382 7.3
Property Crime 75,094 77,256 2.9
Burglary 21,384 21,476 0.4
Larceny-Theft 48,247 49,875 3.4
Motor Vehicle Theft 5,463 5,905 8.1

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (65,526) decreased 33.42% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 21.59% (3,149), and property-related arrests decreased 14.16% (10,782).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    District Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Magistrate Court; Metropolitan Court of Bernalillo County; Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 3,567
Prisoner Releases: 3,345
Total Prisoners: 6,849

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 11
Recidivism Rate*: 44.6%
Top Offenses: Data not available

Source: New Mexico Corrections Department
*The New Mexico Corrections Department defines recidivism as an offender returning to prison within 36 months.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN), a RISS Center, serves New Mexico. There are 129 New Mexico criminal justice agencies that are members of RMIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of New Mexico


In New Mexico, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Seven multijurisdictional drug task forces and 2 statewide specialty task forces: the New Mexico Gang Task Force and the Southwest Investigative Fugitive Task Force. In New Mexico, task forces are one of the most effective law enforcement structures for addressing complex drug trafficking organizations and cross-jurisdictional investigations. The task forces collaborate with local, state, and several federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, HIDTA, ATF, and ICE. The Drug Enforcement Advisory Council provides oversight and ensures consistent use of the statewide drug and violent crime strategy among and between all 9 regional task forces.

  • The New Mexico Gang Task Force (NMGTF) is the largest organized task force in the state dealing with gangs as a multijurisdictional, multiagency entity. NMGTF provides federal, state, local, and tribal agencies with training, information, and funding to enhance interdiction and enforcement efforts to reduce criminal gang activity, including narcotics trafficking, throughout the state. In May 2014, 241 gangs and 8,709 members were documented in New Mexico, and most are involved with drug-related activities.

  • New Mexico State Police Department efforts to provide additional enforcement hours to all 33 counties in the state and several tribal communities.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

New Mexico Department of Public Safety Scott Weaver, Cabinet Secretary

New Mexico At-A-Glance

Total Population: 2,085,287
Population Under 18: 507,540
Population Over 65: 306,661

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
New Mexico State Police Pete Kassetas, Chief

Local Governments: 863
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 24
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Damon P. Martinez—District of New Mexico, Albuquerque Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management M. Jay Mitchell, Cabinet Secretary

Drug Courts: 56
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center