On November 16, the Navajo Nation Alamo/To’hajiilee Judicial District and the Alamo Chapter will be cross-commissioning 11 Socorro County Sheriff’s Deputies.
The ceremony to begin at 10 a.m. in conjunction with the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department will see the deputies issued Navajo law enforcement commission cards. This agreement will give the sheriff’s deputies authority to enforce criminal and traffic laws of the Navajo Nation and the ability to file cases with the Alamo/To’hajiilee Judicial District.
Alamo is located southeast of Socorro, New Mexico and is one of three satellite communities of the Navajo Nation with a population of 1,090, according to the 2010 Census. The current Navajo law enforcement agency for the area is the Crownpoint Police District, which is more than three hours away—leading to extensive time when making an arrest in the area.
The agreement will help in relieving the Navajo tribal police in responding to the area, when response time could be a factor.
The agreement signed in 2009 by then-Governor Bill Richardson, Navajo Nation and Socorro County officials states the purpose is: “to prevent each jurisdiction from becoming a sanctuary for the violators of the laws of the other; to prevent inter-jurisdictional flight; and, to foster greater respect for the laws of each jurisdiction by the more certain application thereof; all on a basis of mutual respect for, and recognition of, the inherent sovereignty of the Navajo Nation and the State of New Mexico, and the laws enacted by each sovereign authority.”