The Ruidoso Police Department is committed to serving the community while protecting the rights and property of its residents and visitors. Our officers are commissioned by the Ruidoso Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff and the 12th Judicial District Attorney and are authorized to perform their duties in Lincoln and Otero counties. The Department consists of XX patrol officers, two lieutenants, and two detectives.


Chief Darren Hooker has been with the department for the past three years. Prior to coming to Ruidoso, he worked for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department where his responsibilities included……

Lieutenant Aaron Frost oversees the patrol officers in the department and is responsible for the day-to-day field operations.

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Lieutenant Lawrence Chavez supervises the administrative responsibilities in the department including dispatch



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Patrol officers are the most visible representatives of the Police Department. As first responders, they are vital to public safety. But the Ruidoso Police Department provides a diverse range of services:

  • 9-1-1 - Handles all emergency calls in Ruidoso for police, fire and medical

  • Records - Keeps all crime records and police reports

  • Parking Enforcement - Includes traffic control

  • Specialty Units - Such as SWAT, Canine (K-9)

  • Investigations - Such as homicide, CSI, burglary, robbery

  • Victim Support Team - Volunteers for Domestic Violence Victim support


Ruidoso Police
1085 Mechem Dr.
Ruidoso, NM 88345
Tel: 575-258-7365 
Fax: 575-258-1145