SANTA FE- Colonel Jack Jones, (US Army, Ret) has been name Director of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy at the Department of Public Safety in Santa Fe. Jones who was serving as the Deputy Director of Training and Recruitment was ratified unanimously by the Law Enforcement Academy Board yesterday during a special board meeting.
Jones, a native New Mexican, has previous law enforcement experience with the New Mexico State Police and a decorated military background. Col. Jones, retired after 32 years of military service with the US Army, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. He has advanced educational degrees from the US Army War College. Jones has worked with US DOE and US DoD on security projects around the world. He has been training law enforcement since 1984.
Jones developed and continues to teach the first New Mexico State Police Officer Survival Program; that program is taught throughout the United States and the world.
Col. Jones takes over from former director Louis Medina, who joined DPS in March of 2012 after retiring from the Internal Revenue Service, Office of the Inspector General.
The Law Enforcement Academy is responsible for training police cadets from around the entire state.