New Mexico State Police Division Records,
Scope and Content
As of 1997, collection consists of records of the New Mexico Mounted Police (1905-1911), State Police and State Police Division (1935-1987). Records of the Mounted Police include annual reports, administrative correspondence, investigation files, arrest records, oaths of officers, and wanted posters. Records of the State Police and State Police Division include administrative correspondence, special reports, bulletins, legal opinions, and administrative files. Also within the collection are materials concerning the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and minutes of the State Police Board from 1959-1967.
Partial finding aid
Partial finding aid
Language of Materials
Access is restricted to original territorial records that have been microfilmed. Use microfilm only.
Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.
The New Mexico Mounted Police was established by a legislative act in 1905 (1905 Laws of N.M., Chp. 9, Sec. 1-2). The Mounted Police had statewide authority to make arrests and assist local police officers. In 1921 a legislative act abolished the Mounted Police and transferred their functions to the Office of the State Adjutant General (1921 Laws of N.M., Chp. 12, Sec. 1-2). In 1933 a legislative act established the New Mexico Motor Patrol (1933 Laws of N.M., Chp. 79, Sec. 1-8). In 1935 a legislative act changed the Motor Patrol's name to the New Mexico State Police (1935 Laws of N.M., Chp. 119, Sec. 1-15). In 1977 a legislative act established the Criminal Justice Department and placed the State Police within that Department, where it was also referred to as the State Police Division (1977 Laws of N.M., Chp. 257, Sec. 1-42). In 1979 a legislative act re-established the State Police as an independent agency under the governance of the State Police Board (1979 Laws of N.M., Chp. 202, Sec. 1-39). In 1987 a legislative act established the Public Safety Department and placed the State Police within that Department as the State Police Division. (1987 Laws of N.M., Chp. 254, Sec. 1-19). The State Police Division is responsible for maintaining the peace throughout New Mexico and providing security to the Governor and Legislature during legislative sessions.
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Records of the New Mexico Mounted Police are also available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Rolls 91-93).
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
- Archives and Historical Services Division
- 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
- Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
- Phone: 505-476-7908
- Fax: 505-476-7909
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- URL: http://www.state.nm.us/cpr/ahsd_top.htm
- Administrative agencies -- New Mexico
- Annual reports
- Criminal justice, Administration of --New Mexico
- Law enforcement --New Mexico
- Legal documents
- Minutes (Records)
- Mounted police --New Mexico
- New Mexico -- History -- 1848-
- New Mexico -- Officials and employees
- New Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1848-1950
- New Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1951-
- Peace officers --New Mexico
- Police --New Mexico
- State government records
- Territorial records
- Inventory of the New Mexico State Police Division Records, 1905-[ongoing]
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- Finding aid is in English
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