Santa Fe, NM – Today, Department of Public Safety Secretary Scott Weaver announced the appointment of veteran FBI Agent Stephan Marshall as director of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.
The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy is the premier training facility for basic, advanced and in-service law enforcement training and certification of dispatchers from municipal, county, tribal and state law enforcement agencies.
“Director Marshall brings a vast knowledge of law enforcement, prosecution, legal counsel, leadership and training experiences to this important position,” said Secretary Weaver. “I am very confident that he will move all New Mexico law enforcement and telecommunicator agencies well into the future.”
As defined by law, the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety appoints the director of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy subject to the approval of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board.
“Stephan has the opportunity to come into this position already familiar with many of the law enforcement stakeholders. He will be able to quickly facilitate their needs and the needs of the public,” said Weaver.
Marshall graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.
He began his law enforcement career as an Assistant District Attorney in Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as a felony court lead prosecutor and as chief of the Gang Prosecution Unit. After leaving the DA’s office, Marshall ran a private law practice before accepting a position as the First Assistant District Attorney in Ellis County, Texas.
Marshall was appointed as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1996, and investigated violent crimes, public corruption, civil rights, and national security matters in Laredo and Austin, Texas.
In 2004, Marshall accepted a position as Chief Division Counsel and Supervisory Special Agent for the Albuquerque FBI Division. In that position, Marshall provided legal advice to executive management and agents and conducted legal and firearms training for FBI agents and other law enforcement agencies. Marshall retired from the FBI after 20 years of distinguished service.
In New Mexico, there are 233 recognized law enforcement agencies and approximately 7,000 certified law enforcement officers. There are nine law enforcement academies in New Mexico, eight of which are regional law enforcement training facilities that have been certified by the NMLEA director, with the approval of the academy’s board of directors.
Each certified training facility must offer a minimum of 654 hours of basic law enforcement training, as well as 40 hours of biennial, in-service, law enforcement training to each certified police officer. The training at the regional facilities must be comparable to or exceed the standards of the programs of the main academy in Santa Fe. The eight New Mexico certified regional law enforcement training facilities are:
1. Albuquerque Police Department Academy;
2. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Regional Training Academy;
3. Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office Academy;
4. Las Cruces Police Department Training Academy;
5. New Mexico State Police Training and Recruiting Bureau;
6. San Juan County Criminal Justice Authority;
7. Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (Hobbs); and,
8. Western New Mexico University Police Academy (Silver City).