Hello, I am Keith Elder I started my public service career over 35 years ago as a volunteer firefighter. I received an appointment to the New Mexico State Police academy, and after serving honorably as a State Police Officer for 22 years I retired as a Sergeant in Internal Affairs. I continued my law enforcement career with the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. I began my service as a deputy, then a detective, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2009. As a lieutenant, I have commanded the patrol division, court services division and the criminal investigations division. Prior to accepting my current position, I served as the Administrative Lieutenant and managed the recruiting, training, community relations, school resource officers, animal control officers, professional standards, and public information operations. I retired as the Advanced Training Bureau Chief at the NMDPS/ Law Enforcement Academy. I was responsible for providing training opportunities and information to law enforcement agencies, officers, instructors, and telecommunicators throughout New Mexico. I review and award course accreditation to instructional materials and conferences for continuing educational credit, review and award advanced level certification for law enforcement officers, review and award instructor certifications to sworn and non-sworn law enforcement professionals. I also provide instruction for train the trainer courses and continuing education to all levels of law enforcement officers. Currently, I am a Master Trainer for Sentinel Firearms LC. Sentinel Firearms Training provides law enforcement training for in-service , firearms and firearms instructor courses .
I have attained a Command level certification from the NM Law Enforcement Academy for educational achievement and operational service. I am a Master Firearms Instructor (Handgun,Rifle, and Shotgun), Instructor Development Master, General Police Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, and Traffic Radar Instructor. I have provided training to law enforcement officers using a decisional shooting simulators. I use these instructor certifications to maintain the professionalism of the law enforcement through continued training and development.
When I received my commission as a law enforcement officer, I placed my left hand on the Bible, raised my right hand and I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of New Mexico. Further, I swore to faithfully and impartially enforce the laws of the State of New Mexico. I still hold this obligation in reverence.
As a Patriot, I stand and salute the flag of the United States of America, and support those who have faithfully defended it both past and present.
I have assisted the Sandoval County Fair Board in obtaining the annual Fair and Rodeo Parade permit. I have implemented a Shot Clinic program to promote low cost domestic animal rabies vaccinations in various communities within the county.
As you can see, I am uniquely qualified as an administrator and public service executive.
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