New Mexico State Police Association

NMSPA represents the men and women of the New Mexico State Police. From legal defense to legislative advocacy, and crisis assistance to financial help, NMSPA meets the needs of its members with dedication and compassion.

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that New Mexico's State Police officers and employees receive fair pay and benefits while being provided the tools and resources needed to protect the lives and property of New Mexico's citizens.

Hello all. The NMSPA want to Thank Leroy Gettler and State Farm Insurance for their generous donation of $500.00 to the ...
06/10/2020

Hello all. The NMSPA want to Thank Leroy Gettler and State Farm Insurance for their generous donation of $500.00 to the NMSPA Foundation. This money will be used to help officers in need. On behalf of the New Mexico State Police and our Association, Thank You Leroy and State Farm Insurance.

A huge Thank You to Champion Xpress for a great donation to officers in need!   Thank you to Lieutenant Mark Soriano for...
05/30/2020

A huge Thank You to Champion Xpress for a great donation to officers in need! Thank you to Lieutenant Mark Soriano for facilitating and for the great photo op!

Campaign message for Tony Fetty:(Repost) My name is Tony Fetty and I'm headed to the legislature today to fight for NMSP...
01/31/2020

Campaign message for Tony Fetty:

(Repost)
My name is Tony Fetty and I'm headed to the legislature today to fight for NMSP employee pay raises on my day off. We are going before the Senate Finance Committee on
Monday (February 3) at 1:15 pm. I hope you will join us to support the NMSP pay package. Contact me, President Jose Carrasco, or Jeremy Vaughan for details.

Since joining this board, I have become aware of how much of my personal time it takes to attend association functions, meetings, meet the chief and his staff, meet and speak to legislators, meet NMSPA members, and all of the other things this association board wants to achieve. I am dedicated to investing in this association board and giving my time to help our employees.

I am a patrolman in District 5 Albuquerque and have been with NMSP for 10 years. The complaint I hear most from officers is our lack of manpower. We want to keep our communities safe and we need the quality officers to cover our basic law enforcement needs in New Mexico communities. We don't have them. The manpower study conducted by UNM in 2012 made it clear that if we don't catch up, we won't catch up. Most NMSP employees and state leaders don't even know that a manpower study was conducted.

APD and BCSO currently make upward of 30% more pay than our officers do, topped out. APD, we heard yesterday, is on the brink of a new contract with an even higher pay rate. Significantly higher. We've lost five dispatchers to APD and BCSO in the last year. We are losing officers to other agencies faster than we can recruit.

We are #9 in top hourly pay in the state. We are number 7 of 7 in the region for state police top pay, dead last among the states that border New Mexico. We are not competing in officer or civilian pay, not even close.

Our officers are sent to Albuquerque, Belen and wherever else they are needed, away from their families, to work shoulder to shoulder with officers who make more money than they do and they leave their families and co-workers behind to cover shift and pick up the slack. Officers left in district have their RDO's cancelled and days off moved around to fill the vacancies we don't have officers to fill. Dispatchers work extra shifts to fill the needed coverage and vacancies. All of the weight of these issues falls on NMSP employees. This is a major quality of life issue for our employees and, ultimately, our communities that count on us all.

I don't know who else is running, but I do know that I will be at the legislature today with President Jose Carrasco and Treasurer Jeremy Vaughan. I will be in the discussions with our state leaders, helping to make the argument for our employees.

Our step increases almost never get funded and we are expected to stay quiet and not speak up. That's not me. It sounds like you are tired of being quiet, too. Almost 60% of you who took the pay survey said you are not in your right pay step. That's insane! You are promised pay and you don't receive it?!!!! This has to end.

If you want the guy who is quiet, vote for someone else. APD, BCSO and six other NM law enforcement agencies are working for pay raises for their people. Every other state in our region pays significantly higher than NMSP. We need this association to work for our people so we can fill our ranks and serve our communities.

Discipline, performance evaluations, promotions, and transfers have no transparency, lack integrity and the directives and policies around them change weekly, it seems. PRS: 03, Promotional Standards has been revised 22 times (Revision 22) in 19 years, that speaks for itself.

The grievance and EEO policies 100% benefit the department and not the employees. Legitimate grievances can and often are simply dismissed as, "Not Grievable," with no further explanation. This leaves our employees disgruntled and feeling like they have no true recourse. Most employees are unwilling to file a grievance, even though warranted, for fear of retaliation.

The election is scheduled to open February 17 and runs through February 24th. I look forward to being outspoken and fight for you with this association. Thank you for your vote!

Campaign Message for Joshua J. Armijo:I began my law enforcement career by volunteering as a reserve deputy with the Cur...
01/31/2020

Campaign Message for Joshua J. Armijo:

I began my law enforcement career by volunteering as a reserve deputy with the Curry County Sheriff’s Department in 1995.
In 1996 I was hired by the Clovis Police Department where I worked as a patrolman until joining the New Mexico State Police and graduating from the 62nd recruit school in 1999.
During my time with New Mexico State Police I have worked in patrol, investigations, narcotics, training and special projects. In addition, I have been a member of several specialty teams in the department and over the last twenty years, I have always been an advocate for the wellbeing and fair treatment of the officers and civilian employees of the department.
Currently, I am the president of the Blue Knights Chapter VI in Albuquerque. Through this role I have learned how to lead the organization by putting the needs of its members first, a skill I plan to transfer to the association if elected.
Our motto, “Pro Bono Publico,” means that the department should always work for the good of the public and I believe that we are a group of dedicated men and women who have done just that regardless of the issues, whether real or perceived by the employees. The citizens of this state expect us to get the job done, to show up and “fix” what other agencies have ignored or have broken.
With that being said, we have, within our department, an organization that should do that for its members. The New Mexico State Police Association is in a unique position and if it’s organized and ran properly, it can be a powerful tool to voice the concerns and opinions of its members to both the chief and the legislative body within the state. It is essential that the association works in conjunction with legislative members and the Chief’s staff for the betterment of the members and to secure a positive future for the New Mexico State Police.
I do not believe the association exists to serve as a platform for me or any other member to self-promote or to express their own ideations or agendas. Any direction the association goes should be based on a collective and majority decision by the members. If elected, I vow to be a strong voice for the concerns of the members and will strive to make the department a better place for the officers behind me.
As an advocate for officers and civilians of the New Mexico State Police my voice and votes will reflect your values as well as concerns. I have no problem dedicating my personal time to making phone calls, attending meetings or even going door to door in order for our voice to be heard.
I also believe it is important to move our Association forward to be a legitimate, legal, transparent and cooperative organization that works on behalf of its members to provide fellowship as well as legal representation.
To put it plainly, I am willing to go to the mat and bleed black and grey for each and every one of you, and I will do it intelligently and diplomatically so we come out of the fight with more than just another battle scar to talk about.
Joshua J. Armijo

Hello members, Officers Joshua J. Armijo and Tony Fetty have accepted their nominations for the NMSPA Vice-President vac...
01/31/2020

Hello members,

Officers Joshua J. Armijo and Tony Fetty have accepted their nominations for the NMSPA Vice-President vacancy. There will be a membership vote for this position. Their campaign messages follow so you all can read them before you cast your vote. The voting will commence February 17, 2020 at 0800 and will conclude February 24, 2020 at midnight. For any questions or concerns, please contact President Joe Carrasco at [email protected].

Thank you again to all who pledged a donation!
01/30/2020

Thank you again to all who pledged a donation!

Thank you to everyone who made a generous donation in honor of Jacqueline Vigil to raise the reward amount. New Mexicans came together and we were able to raise $14,000.00. Thank you to the New Mexico State Police Association and KOB 4.

If you would still like to make a donation, you may do so by contacting Sergeant Jeremy Vaughan (505) 504-2119.
#ForYouWithYouTogether

01/30/2020

These officers are excited to help and so grateful for our community donating to bring justice for the Jacqueline Vigil family!

Members,We sent out an NMSP officer pay survey to our current email list.  Please consider completing it so that we can ...
01/13/2020

Members,

We sent out an NMSP officer pay survey to our current email list. Please consider completing it so that we can use your feedback to support Chief Johnson’s FY21 pay proposal.

His pay proposal does include pay increases for some other NMSP employees. We will be working to support these pay increases as well.

If you didn’t receive the survey in your personal email account, please let Jose Carrasco or Jeremy Vaughan know.

Thank you and we hope to see many of you at the legislative session! It begins January 21.

Don’t forget to email and call your legislators!

12/28/2019

Congratulations, Norman Rhoades, for 39 years of dedicated service to the citizens of New Mexico! Way to go, Badge 1!

12/27/2019

Message from the President

Hello to all of my New Mexico State Police Association family. I would first like to start by wishing you all a Belated Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Second, I know many of you are wondering why I have not reached out to you all or why I have not sent out any messages to the membership. Before I answer those questions, I want to thank everyone that took their time to vote during this past board election and a BIG THANK YOU to all that voted for me. I would also like to thank the outgoing board for all their hard work and dedication to the NMSPA.

As to the question of why I have not reached out to the membership, I, along with Sgt. Jeremy Vaughan, are trying to compile an accurate list of personal email addresses for our current members. Since we (The Association) cannot send out emails over our work email program, it is very difficult to get your personal emails. Sgt. Vaughan will be sending this message out for me to the list of members he has, but we know it will not reach ALL of our members. I need your help. Please forward this message to NMSPA members you know (via personal email) and have them email me at [email protected]. Please ask them that when they email me, to include their first and last name. Sgt. Vaughan will also post a message on the association page to try and reach more members.

Something to Clear Up
Some of you might have received an email from our association, more directly from Sgt. Vaughan in reference to the 85th anniversary badges. That email was sent to me by a member of the Chief’s staff asking me to forward it to our members and caused some confusion. We have nothing to do with the 85th anniversary badges. The organization that is handling the badge orders is Staters 4 Staters, Inc., which is a non-profit foundation that was started by two New Mexico State Police officers. We have nothing to do with the money or ordering the badges. I have spoken with one of the members of that foundation and we have agreed to sit down and speak about what their mission is and how we can work together for the benefit of our organization. As soon as I find out more information, I will pass that information to our membership.

What is happening with our association?
Your board has been very hard at work. With the assistance of Sgt. Vaughan and Ofc. Tony Fetty, we have been speaking with the Chief about a pay raise for our department in the 2020 Legislative Session. We are also in contact with our lobbyist who has set up a meeting with Senator Sander Rue to discuss Senate Bill 27 and other bills that affect our agency. We have a copy of the proposed pay plan available for your review. If you have any questions or comments on it, we would love to hear from you by email or on Facebook.

It is a good pay plan that we as a board have advised the Chief will back him on. I believe that we can build on that pay plan and work toward NMSP becoming one of the top 3 paid agencies in the state.

In the short two months I have been your president, I see how much work needs to be done and only being part-time, it is nearly impossible to do the things I want to do for our association. Sgt. Vaughan has submitted a proposal to the Chief for full-time or near full-time association positions. If we are allowed to work for you all on a full-time or near full-time basis, we will be able to quickly move this association forward and become stronger for our members and our department.

We are also looking to rent office space so we can conduct association business in a private setting. We want a place where members can come and feel comfortable telling us about issues we can help address. As always, I want to protect our members’ money, so the price has to be right for us to rent space. We are diligently shopping around for space that benefits our membership.

We are in the process of doing something that has never been done in the history of our association. We are getting a fully modern and user-friendly website and mobile phone application (App) for our members. This will allow us to get information out to our members instantaneously by means of push notifications and emails. The website and the App will work hand-in-hand with each other and we will be able to do things like online secure and anonymous voting, anonymous surveys and, most importantly, share information with our members. Each member will have to create a username and password to use the “members only” portion of the website and app. This will allow us to put association meeting minutes, treasurer reports and other important association business for you all to see.


Why are association members not showing up to meetings?
Being a new president, I have spoken to your board about this issue. The biggest complaint I received was these meetings are only held in Albuquerque. I believe we should have our membership meetings in different parts of the state, more importantly, in your districts. This board’s first meeting was in Albuquerque, but we are planning our next meeting in D-7 Espanola. If any of you have a contact or location where we can have a meeting in your district, please let us know so we can start setting it up as our meetings in your area draw near. I am aiming for January 4th or 11th in Espanola. I want as many members to start showing up to our meetings so we can answer any questions you might have.

Legislative Session
The legislative session is almost upon us. We need as many members to go to the Round House and show your support for our pay raise and for our department. We have also an email list available for all state legislators so you, your families and friends can email your legislators and ask for their support of the chief’s proposed pay plan. Let the legislators see us in numbers and hear from all of you! Speak to them when they ask you about the State Police and why you serve in this great department. We have to show the legislators we love this state and our department but we need their help to compete in our law enforcement market. Once I get a schedule of the committees, I will send it out to you all.

Lastly, I want to give a big thanks to our outgoing board, especially outgoing President Sgt. Jeremy Vaughan and outgoing Vice-President Sgt. Eric Wilmeth for their hard work on putting on this year’s Christmas party that was held at the Embassy Suites. About 70 members and their families attended. We had door prizes and danced the night away. I also want to thank Embassy Suites for donating a 50’’ flat-screen TV which we gave away. Sgt. Vaughan won the TV, but in a true Christmas spirit, he gave it to Sharon Benally’s granddaughter. Bravo Zulu Sgt. Vaughan (That means OUTSTANDING JOB in Navy terms). We are open to ideas for next year’s party, so send us your ideas.

And to close out, we need all of our members’ personal email addresses ASAP. We want to send out a Survey Monkey to our members, specifically asking about our pay. It is only a 7 question survey, but it is very important because we want to have your feedback when we speak with legislators about your pay. Please send me your email addresses to [email protected] along with your first and last name. I want to send this survey out as soon as possible so we have your voice in numbers.

Again, thank you all for voting for me to be your president and for voting for our board. I am truly honored that you all have the confidence in me to help move this association forward. Please know that we have your best interests at heart. Please call text or email with any concerns or issues you may have and we will contact you as soon as we can to try and address these issues. Work hard, be proud but most importantly, stay safe.



Jose Carrasco
President
New Mexico State Police Association

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Its being said that you are backing the commie Governors Red!!! Flag!!! law if its true I guess you don't believe in the oath you have taken I pray its not true.
I can't believe you the NM STATE POLICE are backing the RED!!! FLAG!!! Law its being said for our commie Governor so much for believing on the oath.
The association hasn’t posted it yet. Not sure if it may be a great way for community engagement to get involved but here it is... The family of Jacque Vigil would like to thank the community for their support, prayers and thoughts. We ask that you help our family seek justice not only for Jacque but for all the victims that have lost their lives due to senseless crimes in our community. Please unite with us at Mariposa Park 4900 Kachina St NW Sunday November 24th @ 5:00 pm to let our leaders know that law abiding citizens have rights too. We have the right to stand in our driveway with out fear. The right to walk in our neighborhoods with out fear. The right to go out in our community at night without fear. Enough is enough. It is time to take back our city.
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State Police, Dang Proud, Thank you Association for all of the support. Very humbling experience.
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