Q: Are Troopers of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol certified peace officers? A . Troopers who have successfully completed field training are certified peace officers .
Q. Are NMMP Troopers reserve police officers that must ride with other officers? A. NMMP Troopers are not reserves. Troopers who have successfully completed field training are not required to ride with other officers. Each agency decides if the trooper will ride alone or with another officer.
Q. Do NMMP Troopers only have authority when "on duty". A. Yes. However, each agency defines when a trooper can be "on duty". This can be for one event or an agency can request that Troopers always be "on duty" when present in their jurisdiction by written authority. For example, Troopers have peace officer powers in the City of Truth or Consequences when present in the city due to written agreement.
Q. Can a NMMP Trooper stop me and write me a citation? A. New Mexico Statutes section 29-6-5(A) gives on duty NMMP Troopers the SAME authority ("duties and powers" ) as the agency the Trooper is working for. If the agency the Trooper is working for can give citations, so can the Trooper. Certified Troopers are peace officers, not reserves.
Q. Do NMMP Troopers drive their own patrol units? A. Troopers of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol supply their own equipment, and that may include their own patrol unit. Each agency governs whether the Trooper will drive their own vehicle, the agency vehicle, or ride with an agency officer.
Q. Are Troopers of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol New Mexico State Police Officers? A. NO. We are a separate self-governing State agency.
Q. Are Troopers of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol qualified under LEOSA for nationwide concealed carry? A. Yes.
Q. Do you teach CCW concealed carry classes? A. No. The NMMP does not teach CCW classes. However, we do have Troopers that teach CCW classes on their own time. The class is not sponsored by the NMMP and the NMMP assumes no responsibility. It can be found here.