Attorney General Raúl Torres Convenes Law Enforcement Summit To Discuss Solutions To Gun Violence


Attorney General Raúl Torrez on Tuesday hosted a law enforcement summit, bringing key stakeholders together to discuss solutions to gun violence. The event took place at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and consisted of three panels with subject matter experts consisting of law enforcement leaders and prosecutors from throughout New Mexico.  

“Gun violence is a serious problem and it requires a serious, thoughtful approach grounded in the real world experience of law enforcement professionals,” said AG Torrez. “For far too long police and prosecutors have been bystanders to the legislative and policy-making process in Santa Fe. That’s why we organized this summit and created an opportunity for those closest to the problem to offer some practical advice for how we can work together to make our communities safer.”  

“Gun Violence affects every corner of New Mexico, even the main street of Red River. We need to have the courage to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people. This summit was an opportunity for law enforcement leaders and prosecutors to share what they have learned about gun violence from the streets and the courtrooms.” said Marcus Montoya 8th Judicial District Attorney and President of the New Mexico District Attorney Association 

“Gun violence in New Mexico is a severe problem. I appreciate the Attorney General organizing this summit. I think we will find a collaborative answer, but it starts with getting all the right people in the room,” said Steve Hebbe, Farmington Chief of Police and New Mexico Chiefs of Police President.  

During the summit, law enforcement leaders and prosecutors discussed their personal experiences relating to gun violence and their opinions on solutions that would make communities throughout New Mexico safer, including tools and legislation to hold violent, repeat offenders accountable, resources to recruit and train more law enforcement officers and prosecutors, and laws that target and deter individuals that possess firearms in the commission of a crime.  

Participants included: 

John Allen, Bernalillo County Sheriff  

Cecily Barker, Albuquerque Police Department 

Mark Cage, Eddy County Sherrif 

Jesse James Casaus, Sandoval County Sheriff 

Kim Stewart, Doña Ana County Sheriff  

Shane Ferrari, San Juan County Sheriff, President NM Sheriff’s Association  

Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge, FBI   

Adan Mendoza, Santa Fe County Sheriff 

Kris Houghton, United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico 

Steve Hebbe, Chief of the Farmington Police Department and President of the New Mexico Chiefs of Police,  

Paul Joye, Santa Fe Chief of Police 

Kirk Roberts, Artesia Chief of Police 

Jeremy Story, Las Cruces Interim Chief of Police 

Henry Valdez, New Mexico District Attorney Association Executive Director 

Marcus Montoya, 8th Judicial District Attorney and President of the New Mexico District Attorney Association 

Sam Bregman, Bernalillo County District Attorney 

Rick Tedrow, 11th Judicial District Attorney 

Gerald Byers, 3rd Judicial District Attorney 

Quentin Ray, 9th Judicial District Attorney  

Tom Clayton, 4th Judicial District Attorney