Frequently Asked Question Guide

1.) What exactly is the function of the Eastern New Mexico ENMU Police Department Department?

The ENMU Police Department is a progressive community oriented law enforcement agency which provides continuous police coverage to Eastern New Mexico University. Our officers are governed by the board of regents and regulated by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board and applicable New Mexico state statutes.


2.) What are some of the roles and responsibilities of the ENMU Police Department?

The ENMU Police Department provides a multitude of law enforcement and support services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors of ENMU. Some of these duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. General Police Services
  2. ENMU Vehicle Registration
  3. Public Safety Training & Seminars
  4. Traffic & Parking Enforcement
  5. Public Assists
  6. Safe-Ride & Escort Services
  7. Dignitary Protection


3.) How can I reach an ENMU Police Officer?

Our department can be reached by calling (575) 562-2392. We also utilize a departmental cell phone which our officers carry on their person after 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m. and on weekends and holidays. This number is (575) 760-2945.


4.) Why do I see ENMU Police Officers off of campus?

There are many reasons you may see an ENMU Police Officer off of campus! It is the goal of our department to maintain a positive and productive working relationship with the Portales Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office, New Mexico State Police, and any other law enforcement agency needing assistance. At times ENMU Police Officers are requested by other law enforcement agencies to assist or handle calls in an effort to provide the public with an immediate police response to emergency situations. We assure you that ENMU is our priority and those emergencies arising at ENMU will take precedence to the mutual aid of another law enforcement agency. ENMU Police Officers also frequently travel to paraprofessional buildings in Roosevelt County such as the Roosevelt County Law Enforcement Complex, Magistrate Court, District Court, 9th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office, etc.


5.) Why do all vehicles need to be registered?

Vehicle registration is a safety, security, and emergency management necessity on campus. In short it aids in accountability, location of resources, and identification of those elements which may not belong on campus.


6.) Why do I have to provide so much information on my parking application?

Information collected on your parking application is loaded into a law enforcement records management system that is maintained on a private and secured server. The items collected on these applications are required fields for the system to accept the information. More importantly the information collected from these parking applications is used for multiple purposes within this secured data base. This information is used to aid and supplement emergency notification, the auto generation of police reports (missing or endangered person), and associations.


7.) Can money owed for parking violations be placed on a payment plan, IOU's, or just disregarded?

Any parking fines assessed must be taken care of promptly within fifteen days of the issue of the citation. Those persons requesting an appeal of the parking violation must also file the appeal within fifteen days of the issuance of the citation. Parking fines must be paid in full and there is no availability for payment plans or IOU's. Parking fines and citations should definitely not be disregarded. Parking violations not taken care of in the prescribed time limit result in the fine doubling. They will also result in registration and/or transcript holds being placed on your student account. Parking violations also cannot be taken directly out of your student account or financial aid.


8.) Do ENMU Police Officers have anything better to do than issue parking citations?

The answer to this is undoubtedly yes! When one unlawfully parks or parks contrary ENMU policy, officers are forced to deviate from any other additional responsibilities if they are not on a priority task to address your specific parking or traffic issue. Every decision you make has either positive or negative consequence. Many of these decisions you make effect more individuals than just you even if it is something viewed by one as minor like parking enforcement.


9.) Can I pay my parking fines with a credit or debit card?

You may pay your parking fines with a credit or debit card at the cashiers' office in the ENMU Administration Building where ultimately all money collected from parking fines is sent.


10.) Can an ENMU Police Officer stop, detain and/or arrest me off campus?

Yes, ENMU Police Officers are certified sworn commissioned police officers for the State of New Mexico. Many of these officers also carry commission cards for other law enforcement agencies. In short this gives them the ability to enforce applicable laws within another agencies primary jurisdiction. These departmental relationships are reciprocal. The ENMU Chief of Police also commissions deputies of the Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office and officers of the Portales Police Department for Eastern New Mexico University.


11.) Why do I see different officers in different uniforms on campus?

The personnel of the ENMU Police Department will basically fall under one (1) of three (3) categories. 1.) The administrative and/or office staff. 2.) The uniformed police officers (Solid Black Uniforms). 3.) The uniformed security division (Grey Shirts/Black Pants). The uniformed security division is comprised of student employees being funded by student hire, state work study, or federal work study. In addition to this you may also see officers of other law enforcement agencies on campus. The three primary agencies you will see on campus are the Portales Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office, and New Mexico State Police.


12.) What classes are taught by the ENMU Police Department?

Certain staff members of the ENMU Police Department instruct a variety of civilian and law enforcement courses. These courses are taught by state certified instructors. Some of the most prevalent civilian courses available are:

  1. Drug & Alcohol Awareness
  2. Narcotic Identification
  3. Sexual Assault Prevention
  4. General Self-Defense Classes

Note: This frequently asked question guide is not meant to be all inclusive. It has simply been drafted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions the department fields.