The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is an all-volunteer state law enforcement agency staffed by certified State Troopers. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is not a division of the State Police but is an independent state agency that can be called upon to assist any law enforcement agency and serve anywhere in the state. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol is under the control of the Governor of the State of New Mexico. NMMP Troopers are Commissioned and Certified Peace Officers in the State of New Mexico.
When on duty, NMMP State Troopers assume the same authority and accept the control of the agency for which they are working for. The New Mexico Mounted Patrol creation and authority to be a New Mexico Peace Officer is outlined in the Laws of the State of New Mexico and can be found in the Criminal and Traffic Law Manual, (Article 6, New Mexico Mounted Patrol, Sections 29-6-1 to 29-6-6. Contrary to popular belief, the NMMP is not a "mounted" equestrian unit.
The Official Website of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol