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Santa Fe Police Officer Jon Lopez, 30. (Mug shot courtesy Santa Fe County jail)

Santa Fe police late Sunday confirmed Patrol Officer Jon Lopez was arrested earlier in the evening on a domestic violence offense.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputies on Sunday arrested the 30-year-old Lopez, who lives in Santa Fe. The three-year veteran of the force was booked into the Santa Fe County jail at 9:06 p.m. and charged with battery against a household member and interfering with communications, according to an online jail database. Lopez was being held without bond as of late Sunday.

It is unclear what exactly (more…)


With yet another homicide investigation going on in the same Santa Fe area off West Alameda Street, District 1 City Councilors Patti Bushee and Chris Calvert will host a public meeting March 17 with the police chief concerning public safety in the area.

Police investigate the scene of a suspicious death near Torreon Park on Monday afternoon. (Jane Phillips/The New Mexican)

This is the news release the city sent out Tuesday:

District 1 City Councilors Patti Bushee and Chris Calvert are hosting an important public safety meeting this Saturday, March 17, at noon at the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center, 1121 Alto Street. Police Chief Ray Rael will join the Councilors to discuss the recent suspicious deaths near the Torreon neighborhood, as well as other property crimes. The public is invited, particularly residents of Barrio Torreon, Barrio La Cañada and Casa Solana.

“I have received many calls and emails from concerned residents. I encourage people to attend this meeting to share their concerns about public safety, and learn how our police department is ensuring safety around the West Alameda area,” explained City Councilor Patti J. Bushee.

SFPD Deputy Chief Gillian Alessio, left, and Lt. Louis Carlos. (Photo courtesy Twitter account of @sfpd_pio)

Santa Fe Police Department Deputy Chief Gillian Alessio has announced her retirement. Here last day with SFPD will be Friday.

Taking her spot as one of two Deputy Chiefs under Police Chief Ray Rael will be Capt. John Schaerfl. The other Deputy Chief remains William Johnson.

I’m not sure if there will be a promotion to fill the Captain rank Schaerfl will be vacating.

An arbitrator on Tuesday ruled two fired Santa Fe Police Officers were wrongfully terminated by City Manager Robert Romero in July, which was a firing recommended by Police Chief Ray Rael.

The firing came after the arrest of a man at Walmart in March 2010, a man who later threatened to sue the city saying the officers used excessive force.

Rael’s recommendation for firing Sgt. Troy Baker and Officer Steven Cosban, in addition to the suspensions of (more…)

Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael at his desk in July 2011. (File photo by Natalie Guillen/The New Mexican)

Santa Fe Police Chief Rae Rael, who has been chief since July 14 and was interim chief since March through July, is now an official police officer.

He was a Santa Fe cop for 21 years before retiring from the force in 1999. When he returned in March after the voluntary demotion of former Chief Aric Wheeler, Rael was no longer a certified officer, which obviously is a rarity for the guy running the police department.

Rael had up to (more…)

From a press release just issued by Santa Fe City Manager Robert Romero:

Santa Fe City Manager Robert P. Romero announced today that he has named Raymond J. Rael as the city’s Chief of Police.  Romero’s decision to make Rael’s interim appointment permanent was made after a 90-day evaluation of his performance and accomplishments as the Interim Chief.

“I am pleased with Chief Rael’s accomplishments during his evaluation period,” said Romero.  “During his tenure, there has been an overall reduction of burglaries; a reduction of complaints stemming from vagrants in the Plaza; adjustments in scheduling to increase available manpower; and the implementation of a catalytic-converter etching program—making the disposal of stolen converters more difficult. Chief Rael and his administration are working hard to implement additional programs that will continue to minimize criminal activity and to better protect Santa Fe’s residents and visitors.”

More to come on this decision.

City Manager Robert Romero on Thursday sided with interim Police Chief Ray Rael on the proposed discipline of several officers involved in a March 2010 arrest of a man in the Walmart parking lot.

Sgt. Troy Baker, who happened to be the city’s second-highest paid employee last year because of overtime pay (second only to Romero who doesn’t receive overtime pay), and officer Steve Cosban will be fired for their involvement in the arrest.

I was off from work on Thursday so old-school cops reporter Steve Terrell (now dealing with the criminal element as The New Mexican’s state capitol reporter) wrote the article for today’s newspaper.

From Steve’s article:

Santa Fe City Manager Robert Romero said Thursday he has (more…)

Click to enlarge (Graphic by Brian Barker/The New Mexican)

At Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting in City Hall, interim Santa Fe Police Chief Ray Rael announced his office’s intention of cutting back on the department’s generous vehicle take-home policy.

The current policy allows officers to drive the company car home up to 60 miles outside the city limits (obviously that adds up to 120 miles of commuting a day on the city’s dime) where housing costs are much more manageable.

As I reported earlier this month, the result of the policy, which was expanded to 60 miles in 2003 when recruiting and retention were at crisis levels, is that only 34 of the department’s 154 sworn officers are now living in the city limits. In fact, 69 of those 154 sworn officers live not only outside the city (more…)

A day after five Santa Fe police officers filed for an emergency injunction to prevent the imposition of proposed discipline against them for their parts in a March 2010 arrest, the city manager has decided to postpone his final ruling on the matter.

City Manager Robert Romero on Tuesday met with the five officers involved and union representatives from the Santa Fe Police Officers Association. The union contract requires the meeting to occur before final discipline can be meted out.

Romero’s final decision was due this week, but the union agreed to postpone it to give the city manager time to evaluate a separate union grievance and rule on both matters at the same time. That decision is expected by June 28.

Interim Police Chief Ray Rael recommended (more…)

Here is a press release on the decision to of former Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler to step down to a captain’s position and the city’s decision to bring in former cop Ray Rael (he has not been an officer for more than a decade) as the interim chief.

Here is the City of Santa Fe’s prepared statement about the move:

MEDIA RELEASE — City Manager Robert Romero announced today that Raymond J. Rael will serve as Interim Police Chief for the Santa Fe Police Department. Interim Chief Rael replaces Aric Wheeler who stepped down as Police Chief into a role as a Police Captain within the department.  Rael will serve as (more…)