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New Mexico State Police Division Records,

 Collection
Identifier: 1991-004

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

Dates

  • 1905-[ongoing]

Language of Materials

English.

Access Restrictions

Access is restricted to original territorial records that have been microfilmed. Use microfilm only.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Note

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.

Extent

9.5 Linear Feet

Alternate Format

Records of the New Mexico Mounted Police are also available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Rolls 91-93).

Related Material

Contact agency directly for recent materials.

Additional records of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy are located in

"New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Records" (SRCA 1983-071).

General

Contact Information

  1. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  2. Archives and Historical Services Division
  3. 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
  5. Phone: 505-476-7908
  6. Fax: 505-476-7909
  7. Email: archives@rain.state.nm.us
  8. URL: http://www.state.nm.us/cpr/ahsd_top.htm
Title
Inventory of the New Mexico State Police Division Records, 1905-[ongoing]
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Processed by staff
Date
©2000
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1991-004::New Mexico State Police Division Records)//EN" "nmar1991-004.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

Contact:
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7913