A New Mexico Recognized Law Enforcement Agency
112 North Front Street
Clayton, NM 88415
New police substation named in honor of fallen Clayton officer.
On July 19, 1973, Sergeant Emilio Mestas was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance caused by a large group of teenagers. Several suspects had led officers in a vehicle pursuit and led them to a home where approximately 40 teenagers had been causing a problem all night. As several officers got out of their patrol car one of the teenagers opened fire, striking Sergeant Mestas in the head. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wound the following morning. The suspect was apprehended, convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to ten years in jail.
Sergeant Mestas had been with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and nine children.
It is with great honor and pride that the current administration of the Clayton police department along with our elected officials pay our respects to a man who laid down his life for our community 41 years ago. We are honored to have our new substation named after one of the finest officers in the history of the Clayton police department added Chief Scott Julian.
Police department to move into new building.
The patrol offices of the police department will be moving from its current location to 858 south first ave within the next few weeks. Chief Julian added, the current patrol offices are very outdated, in poor shape and are encountering mechanical issues. Using state forfeiture funds, the police department was able to purchase a double wide modular office. The purchase of this new building will allow the department to utilize a more modern up to date police building which will allow the officers to better serve the public. Dispatch and records will remain at the current police department location. Citizens need to continue to use the main police buidling on front street.
New Officer receives commission
The Police department is pleased to welcome NM certified officer Michael Mann to our ranks. Officer Mann is a graduate of the NM law enforcement academy and worked for several years at a Municipal Police department. Welcome to Clayton Officer Mann.
Traffic stop leads to cash and marijuana seizure
On the evening of March 5th, Clayton officers stopped a driver for not having his headlamps on. Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver for possessing marijuana. As the officers began to inventory the vehicle they discovered a large amount of marijuana in the trunk. The vehicle was secured and a search warrant was obtained. Upon serving the search warrant officers located close to seven pounds of suspected marijuana in the trunk. The suspected marijuana was packaged for possible sales and was hidden in a large duffel bag. Officers also located over $9,000 in cash hidden in the center console. The driver was charged with drug trafficking and the department has filed a forfeiture notice for the vehicle and the currency.
Active school shooter training at Clayton schools
On February 11th The Clayton police department will be participating in an active school shooter training at the Clayton schools. According to Chief Scott Julian the training is part of the schools emergency response plan to an actual incident. The staff at the schools have been briefed and will deploy their procedures once the training starts.
Patrol fleet upgrade
Using state law enforcement funds. The department purchased two new Dodge ram 1500 special police package trucks. Also added was a new Dodge charger. The vehicles were purchased from Melloy Dodge on state contract and will replace older vehicles.
Training grant recieved
The police department recieved notification from ENMR telephone company of a grant award. The department recieved a $2,500 public safety training grant. The funding will be used to supplement our current training budget and officers will be allowed to not only to attend the required advanced training courses but specialized classes as well.
Patrol staff increase
As the call volume and population have increased over the past year, The department saw the need to add an additional officer to increase the police presence in Clayton. Certified officer Levi Irwin was hired July 1st bringing the patrol level to 9 certified officers.
Clayton officer meth lab certified
On Febuary 10th, Officer Glenn Mearls completed the 40 hour meth lab certification course hosted by the Merit training group. Officer Mearls joins Sgt Chris Dale who completed the training last year as the meth lab team. Chief Julian added that it is very important for our department to have this service due to the volume of meth lab incidents we encounter.
911 Dispatch center upgrade grant recieved.
The State of New Mexico local government finance division has notified the Clayton police department of a 911 communication center grant. The grant was applied for by Chief Scott Julian and office manager Sandy Palmer. The Clayton/Union county communication 911 center has not had any upgrades for nearly eight years and has been encountering equipment failures for several years. The $400,000 grant will provide a complete 911 equipment and office furniture upgrade, a new generator system will also be in place to provide instant power in time of power loss. The 911 system will recieve the most modern software/equipment available and will benefit all citizens of Union County. Chief Julian added that we were very fortunate to recieve the grant considering we were competing with much larger Municipalitys/Countys all over the state.
Grant funding recieved
The Clayton police department has recieved two seperate grants from the state of New Mexico. The narcotic enforcement grant will be used to conduct highway narcotic interdiction patrols and purchase safety equipment for the meth lab team. The traffic safety grant will be used to deter and detect drunk drivers through saturation patrols.
Burglary suspect apprehended
Clayton police clandestine meth lab team certified.
In response to the illegal meth issues located within the Clayton area, the police department sent Sgt Chris Dale and Agent Raul Garcia to the 40 hour clandestine meth lab certification course. The officers are certified to dismantle operational and non operational labs and also remove extremely volitile chemicals. The Clayton police department previously had to use the state police or sheriffs dept meth lab teams until now.
Traffic stop leads to drugs and currency.
On July 3rd, Narcotic agent Raul Garcia stopped a vehicle traveling through Clayton for a traffic violation. Subsequent investigation with the the two occupants led to the officer using his police K-9 to sniff the outer portion of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted to the trunk portion of the car. Officers obtained consent to look in the trunk. Officers located a small amount of suspected marijuana which was believed to be packaged for sales. At this time a search warrant was obtained and the driver and passenger were detained. Upon executing the search warrant, officers located over $7,000 in cash inside a travel bag. The currency and suspected Marijuana were placed into evidence and the occupants were charged.
Clayton police teams up with high intensity drug trafficking office.
The Clayton police department is pleased to announce that it has recieved overtime funding from the high intensity drug trafficking office. Officers will be scheduled to conduct illegal narcotic saturations patrols and highway narcotic interdiction operations throughout Clayton on a random basis. Chief Julian added that due to the two major federal highways that are in Claytons jurisdiction, there is information available that the Mexican drug cartels are trafficking drugs, weapons and currency through our area. We are committed to stopping these items from making their way into and through Clayton.
100 mph car chase ends in apprehension of driver.
Proposed annexation scheduled for March 9th.
The Clayton Town council has approved a request to extend The Town limits on highways 56 and 87 from the current Town limits east 2 miles to Dr Michael Jenkins road. The proposal was submitted to the Council based upon a public safety survey by the chief of police. Chief Julian added that there is no police patrols provided by the sheriffs department or state police. Clayton officers travel these highways on a daily basis in order to get to the detention facility so it made more sence to annex these highways into the Town limits. As of March 9th, Clayton officers will begin to provide police services on these stretches of roads.
Clayton police department awarded recognition certification at NM Municipal league conference in Taos.
Clayton Police department receives recommendation for state recognition
On April 15 the Clayton police department received official notification from the New Mexico law enforcement professional standards council assessment team that it has been recommended for the state recognition certification. The department has undergone an intensive evaluation process conducted by the assessment team, which consisted of 50 different standards and evaluations of patrol, domestic violence, evidence process/storage, internal affairs, employment, compliance with employment law and liability were just a small number of standards mentioned. The department completed the program in eight months, which normally takes between 1-2 years. Staff really pulled togher and made this happen. They were great and played a huge role in the process.
As part of the certification, the department will join only a limited number of departments across the state that have been able to achieve this sought after certification. Liability has been reduced for the department and for the town, a structure that ensures all staff fully understand their job responsibility’s and have a working knowledge of our standard operating procedure manual has been established. This is just the beginning for us, the process was extremely difficult to achieve now its up all staff to ensure that we maintain the standards that are expected of us. The department will receive its official award from the New Mexico municipal league and the New Mexico law enforcement professional standards council at the municipal league annual conference in September.
Recognition/Accreditation program overview http://nmml-lea.org/
112 North Front Street
Clayton, NM 88415