New Mexico State Police

Special Investigations Unit

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The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is responsible for enforcing the Liquor Control Act in the state of New Mexico. With over 2800 liquor licenses in the state, SIU conducts training sessions for liquor licensees and alcohol servers to ensure compliance with liquor laws and regulations. SIU agents conduct a range of operations, including controlled sales to intoxicated, minor compliance, and underage enforcement, to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors and intoxicated persons. They also conduct investigations into illegal sales of alcohol, issue administrative and non-traffic citations, and conduct postings for new liquor licenses.

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 SIU agents assist NMSP Uniform in investigating traffic accidents involving alcohol. They determine the source of the alcoholic beverages, issue administrative and non-traffic citations to liquor licenses and alcohol servers, and conduct source investigations. Their operations, such as Minor Compliance, Shoulder Tap, and Underage Enforcement, help reduce alcohol access to minors and minimize alcohol-related accidents. SIU also leads sales to intoxicated person operations to raise awareness about not selling alcohol to intoxicated persons, reducing DWIs and DWI-related accidents.


The Special Investigations Unit offers a unique and fulfilling career opportunity for individuals interested in a different type of law enforcement. SIU agents work in plain clothes, drive unmarked vehicles, and are responsible for a certain number of liquor licenses in their assigned area. Although not on call for emergencies, SIU agents have an office wherever they are assigned. Joining SIU offers agents a chance to gain higher expertise, knowledge, and experience. Contact our recruiting team to learn more about this exciting career opportunity.

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There’s nothing more important that preparing your mind and body for the challenge ahead. Being prepared can sometimes be the difference between you or one of your fellow officers going home.

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What preparing for the NMSP Academy Looks like

From physical fitness training to academic support, we have everything you need to prepare for your future in law enforcement. Explore our resources today and get ready to take the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career with the New Mexico State Police.

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Pay & Benefits of the New Mexico State Police

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package to our officers. From health insurance to retirement plans, we have everything you need to take care of yourself and your family. Visit our pay and benefits page to learn more.

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