Doña Ana County

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

The Community and Constituent Services Office believes in the development of community outreach programs and creating partnerships with Doña Ana County residents, external agencies and internal departments. We support Doña Ana County’s mission to “enhance the health, safety, and quality of life for all residents as determined by law and community interests.”  Based on staffing, outreach efforts are strategically planned to have an impact in our communities while producing positive and beneficial results for those we serve. These efforts led us to create programs such as the Countywide Read Across America Day Program, which promotes literacy in third grade students. The annual County Community Fair, which brings external agencies and county departments out to rural areas, making services and information more accessible to residents. Additionally, the Mobile Constituent Services Hour Initiative, a proactive way to reach out to constituents in rural areas of our jurisdiction. Click on the tabs to learn more about the specific outreach efforts and programs.

Additionally, as part of our outreach efforts, we share information about county programs, projects and initiatives with constituents. Through our interactions with the public, we encourage residents to get involved in their communities by considering joining the volunteer ranks with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Emergency Services.  Information about volunteering with Fire and Emergency Services is located at https://www.donaanacounty.org/fire/volunteers. Volunteer opportunities with the Sheriff’s Office are the following:

DASO Reserve Deputy Unit

This is an all-voluntary law enforcement extension of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department. The DASO Reserves act in the capacity of regular deputies, with no arrest powers and no financial compensation. Applicants must pass a background check, physical fitness test and must successfully complete a reserve academy, which is structured exactly like our cadet law enforcement academy. Typical duties of a reserve officer include ride-along patrol work, security detail for detainees at area hospitals, and special events as approved by the Sheriff. Anyone interested may contact Maj. Tom Hennigh for additional information: tomh@donaanacounty.org (575) 525-8863

Special Deputy Sheriff’s Commission (SDSC)

The SDSC is open to anyone 21 years of age or older who would like to assist in community outreach projects for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department. Because members are allowed access to the sheriff’s department main headquarters, a brief background check is required. Typical duties of a SDSC member include: manning the New Mexico Lawman’s Museum, fingerprinting in the Ident-A-Child booth at the Las Cruces Farmer’s Market downtown, assisting with Citizen’s Academies and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Anyone interested may contact Sgt. Michelle Ugalde for additional information: michelleu@donaanacounty.org (575) 386-4316

DASO Mounted Patrol

The Mounted Patrol is a unique auxiliary unit of the sheriff’s department that primarily assists in search and rescue operations or other missions as authorized by the Sheriff. The Mounted Patrol was first formed in 2000 to assist with remote law enforcement support, wilderness search and rescue and evidence search. Today, the Mounted Patrol continues to provide those services in a volunteer capacity, along with border security and training opportunities.  Anyone interested may contact Maj. Tom Hennigh for additional information: tomh@donaanacounty.org (575) 525-8863