New Mexico State Police remember a fallen Officer:

Officer Ricardo Gomez
New Mexico State Police
Duty Station: Gallina
Died on April 17, 1980 – Age 31

On April 17, 1980, Officer Gomez was attempting to arrest a DWI suspect in the Gallina area when the suspect pulled out a .22 caliber pistol and shot Officer Gomez in the shoulder. The shot severed a major artery and Officer Gomez bled to death.

The 60 year-old suspect was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 13 years in prison on February 21, 1981.

Officer Gomez had been with the department for 10 years. Prior to joining the State Police he served in the U.S. Navy. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
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This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week - the week set aside each year to recognize the work of telecommunications personnel. The New Mexico State Police is greatly appreciative of our outstanding and dedicated communications specialists. Please take time to read the note from Chief Kassetas addressing our communications specialists.

"Dispatchers and Comm. Supervisors,

"When I stop in at a Comm. Center, I am always impressed with your ability to work the radio, use the CAD, handle phone calls and carry on a conversation at the same time. You are multi-tasking masters and you make a job that is very hard look easy.

"I recognize that your pay is not what it should be. With the support of Secretary Fouratt, we were able to give all non-probationary dispatchers a 5% pay increase in January. This was a good start, but we still have work to do. Secretary Fouratt, Director Clark, and I are committed to continue to improve dispatcher pay, but please know that your pay does not reflect your value in our organization.

"The reality is that you are highly valued members of our team. You are responsible for staffing a 24X7 post, in very stressful situations, working long hours, often alone and without a break. You are who we call when we need help, the calm voice when we are in trouble, and the first point of contact for the public - often on their worst day.

"National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week happens for one week each year, but we recognize that you play a vital role in the overall mission of the organization every day.

"Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the agency and citizens of New Mexico."

- Pete Kassetas
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Officer Carlos J. Herrera
Phone: (505) 827-9200

Sergeant Jake Garcia
Phone: (505) 827-9204



If you are a former NM State Police Officer and you left the department in good standing and are interested in reinstating, please submit your letter of interest and reinstatement applicationto:

DPS/New Mexico State Police
Attn: Office of the Chief
P.O. Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504