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Posted May 23, 2014

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Interim APS Police Chief Gets the Job

Steven Gallegos has been named chief of the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department.

Steven Gallegos was named chief of the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department this week following a two-month stint as interim chief. Gallegos, who has spent more than two decades in law enforcement including seven years with the APS Police Department, stepped in as acting chief in March.

“Steve’s exemplary career in law enforcement, including the past couple of months as our acting police chief, made him the best candidate for the job. He is respected throughout the district for his integrity, fairness and professionalism,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

Gallegos began working for the APS Police Department in November, 2006. He has served as a detective, sergeant, lieutenant and deputy chief, a position he held for three years.

He spent most of his career as an officer and detective for the Albuquerque Police Department. During his 20 years with APD, Gallegos worked in a variety of divisions including white collar crime, armed robbery, homicide, and traffic. He served as the Crime Stoppers coordinator before retiring in 2001.

Before coming to work for APS, Gallegos spent five years working for a private investigator.

“I am honored to be named chief of the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department,” Gallegos said. “I’ve worked for several years with the men and women of this department, and I respect their work ethic and dedication to ensuring school safety. I plan to create a culture of honesty and hard work that promotes teamwork.”

Gallegos will oversee a department of about 145 employees including 53 sworn officers and 70 campus security aides.

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