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Jaime Chavez named interim chief of NMSU Police

Capt. Jaime G. Chavez, a 22-year veteran with the New Mexico State University Police Department, has been named interim chief of the department effective June 1.



Jaime Chavez has been named interim chief of the NMSU Police Department. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)


Ben Woods, NMSU's vice president for human and physical resources, said a search will be conducted before a decision is made on a permanent replacement for Chief Lou Cabot, who is retiring after more than 32 years with the department.

Chavez currently serves as commander of the department's patrol section, overseeing patrol, investigations, special events and training. He developed the department's popular self-defense course, Dynamics of Human Confrontation, which he teaches on campus and to off-campus groups.

He recently introduced radKIDS, a safety education program for children, to the Las Cruces area. The program has proven to be effective in other states in teaching children to recognize, avoid and when necessary escape violence. The abbreviation stands for "resist aggression defensively."

Chavez is a graduate of the FBI Academy and the Southwest Command School. He has taught and consulted on police tactics nationally and internationally. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from NMSU and has begun work on a master's degree.