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WELCOME TO THE PORTALES POLICE DEPARTMENT
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POLICE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT: 
The Portales Police Department is committed to fairness, compassion, and excellence while providing police services in accordance with the law and sensitive to the priorities and needs of the people.

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THE PORTALES POLICE DEPARTMENT:

  • Believes that the protection of life and property is our highest priority.
  • Will respect and protect the rights and dignity of all persons and conduct all citizen contacts with courtesy and compassion.
  • Will strive for excellence in its delivery of Police services and will utilize training, technology, and innovation to achieve that goal.
  • Recognizes its interdependent relationship with the community it serves and will remain sensitive to the community's priorities and needs.
  • Will enforce the law impartially throughout the community.
  • Recognizes the individual worth of each of its members.

HISTORY OF PORTALES POLICE DEPARTMENT
The position of Town Marshall was established by the Town Council of Portales soon after incorporation and separation from Roosevelt County on January 6, 1909. 

Town Marshall Ed Brown was appointed by the Town Council in February 1909; with 2 volunteers, John Carter and Thomas Teague, appointed in March 1909 as unpaid volunteers to serve as Special Officers working for the Town Marshall. 

In addition to these appointments, Enoch Raucher was appointed as Pound Keeper to control the dog problem in the Town. 
Portales Police Department Chiefs:

  • 1960s ............................. Lloyd Moore
  • 1970s ............................. Pete Heisch
  • 1980 - 1988 ................... Ron Walker
  • 1988 - 1993 .............................. Harold L. Byford
  • 1993 - 2012 ...............................Jeffrey M. Gill
  • 2012 - 2013 .............................. C. Douglas Jones
  • 2013 - 2020 ................... Pat E. Gallegos
  • 2020 …………………............Christopher D. Williams, Current Chief

USEFUL LINKS


  • Victim Fingerprinting Information
    • The Portales Police Department conducts fingerprinting for victims of crimes on Thursdays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.
    • Victims can check in at the front desk of the Portales Police Department.
    • For questions regarding victim fingerprinting please call (575) 356-4404
  • Citizen Complaint Form

CONTACT US
Police Department
42427 US 70
Portales, NM 88130
Phone: (575) 356-4404
Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
All Other Divisions 24/7