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Last Updated: 11/01/05



Officer Nelson scanning the distance while on patrol
Officer Nelson on patrol

Terry Nelson

Duty Station:


Special Area of Responsibility/Game Mgmt Units:

Guadalupe Mountains, Sand Country, GMUs 30, 31, parts of unit 29, Brantley Lake, Pecos River below Brantley to state line


Associate of Arts/Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science/ Wildlife, Master of Science/Range

Length of Service:

10 years NMDG&F; 5.5 years/Las Cruces Police Officer

Specialty or Interest:

Investigations, Law Enforcement instruction & training

Current Projects/Assignments:

SE Area Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, General Police Instructor, and Carlsbad District Officer

Best Thing about the Job:

Flexibility of work schedules, Law Enforcement investigations and instruction

Most Common Question People Have:

Do Game and Fish Officers have police powers?


Yes, Game and Fish Officers have police powers in emergency situations. In addition Game and Fish Officers have direct authority over several statutes in the Criminal Code, such as Criminal Trespass, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer and others. Officers with the Department of Game and Fish routinely assist other law enforcement agencies when needed, i.e., State Police, County Sheriff and City Police

Contact Information:

(505) 624-6135 or email is