The administration of the Las Cruces Police Department consists of Chief Jaime Montoya and two deputy chiefs – Shannon Martin and Justin Dunivan.
Besides overseeing all aspects of the department Chief Montoya has direct supervision over the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), the Research and Development Section and the Public Information Office (PIO).
Professional Standards is responsible for investigating complaints – internal and those generated by the public – made against any employee of the department. PSU also accepts recommendations for citations in honor of any officer or employee whose actions may be deemed worthy of praise.
The Research and Development Section’s primary goals including recruiting officers, operating the LCPD Training Academy and helping officers maintain their state-mandated certifications. Each year all law enforcement officers are required to undergo hours of training or instruction in order to maintain their certification.
Public Information Officer
Dan Trujillo is the primary liaison between the department and the news media. The PIO works closely with investigators and officers to provide information to the news media about incidents or operations that are of importance to the general public, or vital information that may potentially prevent or solve crimes. Some of the more newsworthy events and many safety tips are available to the public on the Las Cruces Police Department’s website.
Additionally, residents can receive vital information directly from LCPD via text messaging or e-mail alerts. Residents can register for this free service at www.Nixle.com. Standard text messaging fees, in accordance with the user’s cell phone carrier, do apply.
Deputy Chief Justin Dunivan
Deputy Chief Justin Dunivan is tasked with overseeing the department’s operations and budget. He also oversees the department’s East Area and West Area command stations, Special Services (K-9, Gang and TNT units) and the Traffic Section (School Resource Officers and Hit and Run unit).
Deputy Chief Shannon Martin
Deputy Chief Shannon Martin oversees administrative services including Environmental Enforcement (Codes, Animal Control, KLCB), Criminal Investigations (detectives, Evidence, Identification, the crime analyst, the warrant officer and Victims’ Assistance), Administrative Support (LCPD station office, Records and Transcription) and Metro Narcotics.
Chief Montoya and LCPD’s deputy chiefs are available, as time permits, to speak or answer questions at various public functions. If your group or organization wishes to invite a member of the Las Cruces Police Department to your meeting, simply send an e-mail to the employee or call (575) 528-4089 to submit a request.