County To Help Understaffed Department

Las Cruces – The Sunland Park Police Department's lone investigator is getting help from the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office.

Last month's firing of the police chief brought the number of vacancies in the Sunland Park department to six positions out of 25 overall including two sergeants, two officers and another detective.

Police Chief Luis Monarez, who is under investigation by New Mexico State Police for allegations he served alcohol to minors, was dismissed Dec. 15 by the city council.

So far, none of the sheriff's department's 14 investigators has made arrests in Sunland Park. Sheriff's investigator Bo Nevarez says Sunland Park has asked for the county's help on felony cases but he describes the workload as minimal.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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