Comprehensive Law Enforcement Services For A Safer New Mexico


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Newsletter January 2024

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Our Mission

The mission of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy is to provide exceptional basic training and in-service instruction to cadets, officers and telecommunicators that is built upon a foundation of character, competence, compassion, commitment, and comprehensive teamwork anchored with a base of exceptional service to the communities and the agencies we serve.

We will provide coordinated, consistent, and dynamic training and strive to ensure that law enforcement officers and telecommunicators are trained to successfully execute their duties responsibly and in accord with these core values.

Our Vision

The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy strives to serve the State of New Mexico with ideas and innovations shaped more by experience and the rule of law than by emotion, more by best practices than by politics, and more by intellect than by impulse. In doing so, we will responsibly serve the public safety community, New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board, and the citizens of the state of New Mexico by providing exceptional training opportunities while enforcing the statutory and administrative laws and responsibilities entrusted to the agency; demonstrating the character & competence demanded of the profession.


The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA) is an organizational unit of the Department of Public Safety (§ 9-19-7, Subparagraph C, NMSA 1978), controlled and supervised by policy set by the Law Enforcement Academy Board (§ 29-7-3, NMSA 1978). The NMLEA is established to provide a planned program of basic training and in-service law enforcement training by furnishing instruction and seminars to constantly upgrade law enforcement within the state (§ 29-7-2, NMSA 1978).  The NMLEA staffs nineteen (19) full-time employees who are dedicated to fulfilling the agency’s mission.

NMLEA Main Phone: 505-827-9252
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Need Specialized Assistance?

Please view our Staff Directory below to direct your questions to the appropriate staff member for quick assistance and support.

NMLEA Staff Directory

Sonya K. Chavez

Director (505) 827-9262

Sheyenne Boling

Executive Assistant (505) 827-9209

Sandra Archuleta

Receptionist (505) 827-9252
Brian Coss Deputy Director – Operations (505) 827-9271
Jessica Arballo Training Development Staff Manger (505) 827-9252
Milee Griego Business Operations (505) 827-3364
Layla Reyes Nolen Acadis® Database Administrator & Staff Manager (505) 827-3320
Meliza Romero

Compliance Officer

NMLEA, NMSP, & Western Regional Satellite Academies

Psychological Appeals

LEA-82 (Agency Employment Action) webform processing

(505) 827-9627
Jason Garrett

Compliance Officer

DASO, LCPD, & SNMLEA Regional Satellite Academies

Roster/Course Completion certificate entry

CBW & PST Academies (All)

(505) 827-9610


Cassandra Reed Deputy Director – Training (505) 827-9275 
Lily Romero Executive Secretary (505) 827-0218
Elliott Guttman Legal Instructor (505) 827-9206
Janole Marchant Curriculum Development Specialist (505) 827-9276 
Basic Police Officer Training
Vacant Instructor Manager  
Katelyn Gorman Executive Secretary (505) 827-9623
Ronaldo Ulibarri Instructor (505) 827-9252 
Joshua Calder Instructor (505) 827-9252
Robert Ferreyra Instructor (505) 827-9055 
Public Safety Telecommunicator / Certification by Waiver 
Barbara Schalkofski PST Instructor (505) 827-9217 
Kelly Hampton PST Instructor (505) 827-9612
Robert Girmendonk Instructor (505) 827-9252 
Advanced Training
Gabriel Ortiz  Instructor (505) 827-9252
Law Enforcement Certification Board 
Vacant CEO  
Laura Escarcida Misconduct Staff Manager (505) 827-9290
Ellena Romero Misconduct Investigator (505) 827-9216
Maria Lozoya-Grado

Compliance Officer

APD, CNM, BCSO, & SJCCJTA Regional Satellite Academies

Firearms Score Reporting (Requalification – Annual Handgun ONLY)

(505) 827-9625
Ariana Torrez

Compliance Officer

Instructor Applications

Course Accreditation

Advanced Certificate Applications

In-Service Compliance Reporting Forms (Agency – LEA83 & LEA-84)

Continuation of Certification

(505) 827-9264

Core Values


Integrity. Your word is your bond – keep your word.


Know your job and do it well.


Treat people with humility, dignity, and respect.


Mission accomplishment through intrinsic discipline, motivation, and focus.

Comprehensive Teamwork

Achieve success through cohesive empowerment and trust.