NM State Police Officer Arrested In Chaves County

by Reporter / Mar 22, 2019 / 0 comments

NM State Police Officer Arrested In Chaves County

CHAVES COUNTY ― New Mexico State Police Ofc. Ricky Romero, 24, of Roswell was arrested Wednesday by the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department and charged with violating various state laws.

In early March 2019, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department opened a criminal investigation into Romero. NMSP has fully cooperated with the Chaves County investigation.

Immediately after learning of the investigation, NMSP launched an internal affairs investigation and Romero was placed on administrative leave. In addition to the criminal charges, he is facing discipline, including up to termination.

Police officers take an oath to uphold the law, and actions and behavior in violation of that oath and the public trust are intolerable. NMSP strives to ensure our personnel are accountable to the public we serve. This service must be done with the upmost integrity and honesty.

Romero has been employed with State Police since May of 2017, and was stationed in Roswell.

Questions regarding the details of the criminal investigation and subsequent arrest of Romero should be directed to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.


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