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The primary mission of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department (BCSD) includes the protection of life and property; resolution of conflict; creating and maintaining a feeling of security in the community; proactively 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.


  • Provides the following services: Violent Crimes, Homicide Unit, Special Victims Unit (SVU), Narcotics, Crime Scene Analysis and Investigations, White Collar Crime, Sex Offender Registration Team (SORT), Property Crimes,United States Marshal's Service (USMS) Task Force, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Task Force, Ghost Unit, Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory, Special Investigations/Intelligence Unit, Cold Case, Fugitive Apprehension & Surveillance Team (FAST), participation in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force, and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Task Force


  • Provides all patrol and traffic related activities including the Driving While Impaired (DWI) Unit and DWI Seizure Program, Gang Recognition Intelligence Patrol, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Canine Unit (K-9), Crossing Guards, Community Security Aids, Field Investigators, Filled Training Officers, School Resource Deputies, Emergency Response Team (ERT), and Reserve Deputies


  • Acts as the Executive Branch of the Sheriff’s Department
  • Manages legal counsel, public information officer, grant unit, billings for reimbursable overtime, and internal affairs


  • Provides the following services: Civil Process, District Court/Juvenile Court Security, extraditions of prisoners, Warrants Section, Sexual Offenders Registration Tracking Unit, Public Safety Center, Court Liaison, and District Attorney Liaison Unit


  • Provides air support for thousands of emergency situations including law enforcement, firefighting, search and rescue, special weapons, tactics support, and emergency response team deployments
  • Supports animal control, zoning, youth, and various community events


ID Objective Status Accomplished Date


Expand existing Bernalillo County Sheriff Office (BCSO) Firing Range from 20 to 30 targets; develop an up to date range that can accommodate the academy personnel and BCSO training needs (Currently the 20 targets do not accommodate all the cadets in academy class which creates dual training periods) 




Implement and develop processes in the Traffic Citation System (TraCS).  Working in conjunction with the City of Albuquerque (CoA)  to eliminate the manual process of printing police reports and hand delivering to Albuquerque Police Department (APD) for manual entry into the current system (This new process will provide efficiencies in both departments)




The Matrix is used during the Build Foundation and Developing Framework phases of the performance reporting process. While developing the Matrix the mission, services, projects, and performance measures are reviewed, updated, and/or established for the upcoming cycle. The Meeting Agenda and Industry Research are used during the Analyze & Review phase of the performance reporting process. The Meeting Agenda tracks questions and follow up items addressed during the DCM Performance Meetings, while the Industry Research is reviewed for industry trends and benchmarking opportunities.   

  • Matrix
  • Meeting Agenda
  • Industry Research 


The legend below illustrates the alignment to the Strategic Plan Goals across the objectives and performances measures per department.

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