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At the Department of Public Safety (DPS) our top priority is to protect human life and property in New Mexico through the detection and prevention of criminal activity and enforcement of state laws and regulations. The DPS is responsible for statewide law enforcement services, training, disaster, and emergency response. The agency provides technical communications and forensics support to the public and other law enforcement agencies. The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy trains and certified law enforcement and telecommunication (dispatcher) and provides oversight of nine sub-academies located throughout New Mexico. New Mexico State Police is the most recognizable division of the department.

DPS was created by the enactment of the Department of Public Safety Act in 1986. The Act brought together the formerly independent New Mexico State Police, the Governor’s Organized Crime Commission, the Motor Transportation Division of the Taxation and Revenue Department, the enforcement division of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the New Mexico law enforcement academy into a single unified entity.

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Cabinet Secretary: Jason Bowie

Jason Bowie has worked in New Mexico law enforcement for decades, serving with the Rio Rancho Police Department for 27 years, climbing to the rank of deputy chief in 2019. In 1994 he began his public safety career as an officer in the patrol division, serving 10 years in that role and earning “officer of the year” commendation in 2003. He was promoted in 2005 to the rank of sergeant, supervising the patrol division. He was reassigned and tasked to develop a “Special Services Unit” composed of plainclothes officers responsible for the investigation and apprehension of violent and repeat offenders in both Rio Rancho and the metro area. The assignment required extensive partnership and collaboration with state and federal agencies including New Mexico State Police, the Albuquerque Police Department, the FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals service and the Region I Drug Task Force. Concurrently he also developed and implemented the agency’s first SWAT K9 unit.

In 2010, Bowie was promoted to lieutenant and in 2014 to captain, in which roles he served as SWAT commander and department operations commander, respectively, in addition to myriad other managerial, administrative and leadership duties. Since 1995 Bowie has served as a SWAT team member, and eventually SWAT team leader, attaining the positions of sergeant, lieutenant and SWAT commander, successively, over the course of more than 23 years. As commander he has successfully managed critical incidents and coordinated staffing and training as well as having contributed to the agency’s SWAT budgeting process. Bowie’s extensive and varied training history includes instructor certifications and management training courses in diversity, equity and inclusion; implicit bias for law enforcement; constitutional policing; active shooter executive management; and more.

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4491 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87507

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