Sheriff's Office


The Primary Mission of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) includes the protection of life and property; resolution of conflict; creating and maintaining a feeling of security in the community; pro-actively reducing the opportunities for the commission of crime; identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders of the laws; and the preservation of peace. We accept as part of our mission the responsibility to provide for a quality of life in our community.

The Administrative Support Bureau is comprised of the Administrative Division, the Operations Bureau is comprised of the Field Service Division North/East and South Command and the Criminal Investigations Bureau is comprised of the Criminal Investigations Division. Our Collective mission is to serve the public and our members with fairness, dignity, and respect.



The Sheriff’s Office has been established by the State Constitution. According to New Mexico State Statutes; the sheriff shall be conservator of the peace within his county; shall suppress assaults and batteries, and apprehend and commit to jail, all felons and traitors, and cause all offenders to keep the peace and to appear at the next term of the court and answer such charges as may be preferred against them.

The office of Bernalillo County was established in 1879 and led by Sheriff Perfecto Armijo. Today, Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III currently holds this important position to protect and serve the community of Bernalillo County.

The Constitution of the State of New Mexico Article XX Section 1.(Oath of Officer.), reads, "Every person elected or appointed to any office shall, before entering upon his duties take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation that he will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution and laws of this state, and that he will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of his office to the best of his ability.”