New Mexico Mounted Patrol officially became a state law enforcement agency in 1941. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol (NMMP) is an unfunded state agency created by New Mexico State Law and staffed by certified volunteer police officers. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is not a division of the New Mexico State Police, but is an independent state agency that can be called upon to assist any law enforcement agency and serve anywhere in the state.
New Mexico Mounted Patrol Troopers may be called out by the Governor, the Chief of the State Police, or by any local or county police agency. The Southeast District of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol serves law enforcement agencies in the communities of Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Lovington, Portales, and Clovis. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol assists cities, counties, and other New Mexico law enforcement agencies as requested because these agencies cannot maintain the number of full-time police officers that are needed to safely cover their jurisdictional areas.
When on duty, NMMP Troopers assume the SAME authority and control of the agency for which they are working for. When requested by other agencies, NMMP Troopers augment their full time staff and assist these officers in the performance of their duties.