NMSP Chief of Police

Pete N. Kassetas

pete-kassetasChief Pete Kassetas joined the New Mexico State Police in 1992. His first duty station was Grants, New Mexico as a patrol officer. In 1995, he was transferred into the NMSP Criminal Investigations Section whose primary focus is to investigate, prevent, disrupt, and detect violent criminals and felonious criminal activity that undermine the safety and security of the citizens of the State of New Mexico.

Chief Kassetas was promoted to the rank of patrol Sergeant in 1998 and was assigned to the Raton / Springer State Police District in northeastern New Mexico. By 1999, he accepted a Sergeant position with the Narcotics Section, where he administered the Region 3 Narcotics Task Force.

A promotion to the rank of Lieutenant followed in 2000, when he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section, where he supervised an investigative unit and the Crime Scene Unit.

Prior to his headquarters assignment, Chief Kassetas was the NM State Police Uniform Commander for District 5 – Albuquerque and District 6 – Gallup. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Major with direct responsibility of the Uniform Bureau. In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief overseeing the State Police Division to include Uniform, Investigations, Training and the budget.

On August 1, 2013, he was appointed as the 21st New Mexico State Police Chief and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Law Enforcement Program. Chief Kassetas oversees the State Police, Motor Transportation Police and the Special Investigations Division with an overall commissioned strength of 750 officers and 250 civilian employees. He manages a budget of $116 million.

Chief Kassetas is the past President of the Four States Peace Officer Association, which represents officers from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. He is a member of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Board, Office of the Medical Investigator’s Board, the New Mexico Search and Rescue Board, and the Executive Board of the New Mexico High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Chief Kassetas is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command #161 and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Police Organization course. He obtained his Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts – Sociology degrees from New Mexico State University in 1992.

Chief Kassetas resides in Albuquerque with his wife and two daughters.