Abraham Baca next to his patrol car. Photo by Robert Naranjo
Abraham Baca Named EPD’s New Deputy Chief
By ROBERT NARANJO
Española Police Department (EPD) Chief of Police, Raymond Romero, has selected an 18-year law enforcement veteran, Abraham Baca, as his deputy chief. Chief Romero told the valleydailypost.com, “Interim Deputy Chief Baca has approximately 18 years of law enforcement. Started with New Mexico State Police, was a Sgt. at the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Department and did administration and case management. Deputy Chief Baca has an associates degree in criminal justice and is pursuing a higher degree through Highlands University. Through his education, experience in management, training and a willingness to move the department forward in a positive direction is the reason I chose Deputy Chief Baca for the position.” Baca began as deputy chief on Oct. 23, 2017.
Abraham Baca on the job. Photo by Robert Naranjo
In an interview, Baca told the valleydailypost.com that he has a wife and five children. He said he “started with the state police in 2000.”Asked if he does administration work only at EPD, Baca said that he also does patrol work in the community. “I get along with all the people. I treat them with respect,” he said. “I’ve always been interested in law enforcement,” he added.
Asked what is the most fulfilling part of being in law enforcement and in the position of deputy chief, Baca responded, “Keeping the community safe by being out there and talking to people.” Baca is the first in his family to be in law enforcement but said he has family in public service.
“My intention is to be a good officer as deputy chief. I have no political ties here and I expressed that to the chief, and that was important to him. I want to make a change that is positive for the department and Española,” he asserted.
“I appreciate the job opportunity as deputy police chief and with God’s blessing, I will do a good job ‘por la buena jente de Española,’” Baca concluded.