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BERNALILLO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MISSION STATEMENT
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.”
CURRENT COMMAND STAFF
UNDERSHERIFF LARRY KOREN
Undersheriff Koren is a dedicated husband and father of two sons. He was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to starting his law enforcement career, he worked full-time while earning degrees from Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico. In 1996, he earned a Master of Criminal Justice Degree from New Mexico State University. He conducted research on the institutionalization of community based policing within Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. He published an article on the professionalization of jail officers. He was a volunteer with the New Mexico Mounted Patrol and an adjunct criminal justice instructor at various academic institutions.
UNDERSHERIFF SID COVINGTON
Undersheriff Sid Covington has 20 years of law enforcement experience his most recent, serving as the Chief Deputy for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department (Retired 2017). Sid is experienced in many different aspects of law enforcement training and has 2 years of teaching at the collegiate level. His specialized skills include: police ethics, community policing, undercover investigations, criminal investigations, personnel development, stress inoculation and police training and education. Recently as the lead instructor for the criminal justice program at Pensacola Christian College he was tasked with curriculum development and course accreditation. He is Certified Law Enforcement Instructor Trainer for Interview and Interrogation, Defensive Tactics, Use of Force, Search and Seizure and more. Sid Covington is married to Flax, his wife of 23 years. They have three children, Erinn (21), Evan (18) and Ethan (16).
CHIEF DEPUTY BRIAN LINDLEY
Chief Deputy Brian Lindley began his career with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He moved from Arizona to Albuquerque in that same year to start his career in Law Enforcement. He has worked in the Criminal Investigations Division, Field Services Division, Administrative Services Division and as Commander of the Internal Affairs Division. He was promoted to Chief Deputy by Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III in September of 2016. Chief Deputy Lindley is a graduate of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
CHIEF DEPUTY JOSHUA CAMPOS
Chief Deputy Joshua S. Campos began his career with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in 2002. He is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM and was promoted to Chief Deputy by Manuel Gonzales III in August of 2017. He has worked in all Divisions of the Department and is a graduate of the 359th class of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and a Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Security Management.
CHIEF DEPUTY JUSTIN DUNLAP
Chief Deputy Justin Dunlap began his career with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, NM and was promoted to Chief Deputy by Manuel Gonzales III in January of 2020. He has worked in all Divisions of the Department and is a graduate of the 359th class of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Criminology.