Darrell Todd Maurina
The Texico Police Department has a new chief.
Former chief deputy John Mares, who has been with the Texico police four years, was promoted at the May 9 city council meeting, replacing former police chief Kelley Brophy.
Brophy resigned recently to accept a position with a California computer company. Brophy had been Texico police chief for five years.
Mares’ former position will remain vacant for the time being, officials said, but may be filled in the future. The department currently has three officers.
New Mexico law enforcement agencies have until June 27 to apply for a new Homeland Security Overtime Program grant.
The program is administered by the Community Oriented Policing Services office of the U.S. Department of Justice. Its $60 million budget is intended to provide funds to pay overtime for officers attending homeland security training sessions and other law enforcement activities designed to prevent terrorism and violent crime.
Funding grants are based on the number of people served by the department or the size of the department. The local department must pay at least 25 percent of the overtime cost; the federal grant will be for one year and pay for up to 75 percent of the overtime cost.
Department applications postmarked by June 13 will receive priority consideration.
The Clovis Police Department is one of 81 law enforcement agencies statewide participating in Superblitz, a program of saturation patrols sponsored by the Traffic Safety Bureau of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department. In addition to the New Mexico State Police, other nearby participating agencies include the Texico Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Portales Police Department, Tucumcari Police Department, and the DeBaca Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Chris Kinley of the Clovis Police Department said the Superblitz program uses grant money to add additional officers to patrols and is typically run several times per year.
The current Superblitz began Monday and will run through May 25.
“We do various activities,” Kinley said. “One of those aspects is targeting seat belt usage, and we do targeted roadblocks in areas that have high numbers of (driving while intoxicated) offenses.”
Kinley said law enforcement announce Superblitz enforcement programs to promote good driving habits.