Sheriff’s Office

Mission Statement

The main mission of the Socorro County Sheriff's Department is the protection of life and property of the citizens of Socorro County. We shall provide quality law enforcement service to everyone in Socorro County with dedication, honor, and commitment.

We shall faithfully serve the people whose law we enforce, and in so doing we will never violate the public's trust placed in our positions. Furthermore, we shall demand of ourselves the highest standards of honesty and integrity. We recognize that our employees are our most valued assets, and we recognize that diversity is strength. We further recognize the importance of investing in the future of our community's children. Furthermore, we shall safeguard the rights of everyone, regardless of who they are or what they represent. And we shall work together with the community to solve problems and form partnerships. We shall treat each other and the public with dignity and respect, while basing our decisions on what is best for the public and what is best for the agency. Our actions will consistently be in the best interest of the public, without bias or prejudice. We shall strive to improve the quality of life for everyone by working together to make our streets, neighborhoods, and schools safe.

Socorro County Sheriff

Lee Armijo was elected to the office of the Socorro County Sheriff in 2022.

Sheriff Lee Armijo


Sheriff Lee Armijo


Amanda Vega was appointed by Sheriff Lee Armijo as Undersheriff.

Amanda Vega


Amanda Vega

Physical Address

200 Church Street

Socorro, NM 87801

Mailing Address

PO Box 581

phone:575-835-0941 (non-emergency number)
Fax: 575-835-9156

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Socorro County Sheriff's Office is closed for all federal holidays.

For all non-emergency calls after 5:00pm, call the New Mexico State Police Office at 575-835-0741 and select option 3 for dispatch.

Neighborhood Watch Program

Socorro County Neighborhood Watch Programs, sponsored by the office of Sheriff William Armijo, are an important and productive tool to help keep the rural areas of Socorro County safe.

The Socorro County Sheriff's Office is in the process of forming Neighborhood Watch groups. Neighborhood Watches can be the eyes and ears of the community, helping the Sheriff's Office take a proactive approach to crime fighting and community awareness.

Neighborhoods and communities are organized for trained on topics such as how to be good neighbors, observing and reporting suspicious activity, home security, and more. These groups can help the Sheriff's Office better serve the community.

For more information on groups in your area or if you’d like to form your own neighborhood watch group, please contact Sheriff Armijo at 575.835.0941.

Featured Investigations

Lilly Lopez - Missing Person

posted Sep 9, 2011, 8:58 AM by Delilah Walsh
[ updated Sep 9, 2011, 9:01 AM by Michael A. Hawkes ]

Lilly Lopez, 33, is from Polvadera NM about 10 miles north of Socorro. The sheriff's department was notified on Sunday that Lopez had not been seen since Wednesday, April 15th, 2011. All pertinent information regarding Lopez's disappearance has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database. Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Lopez should contact the Sheriff's office at 575.835.0941.

Most Wanted

Alexis Flores

posted Sep 9, 2011, 8:41 AM by Delilah Walsh
[ updated Sep 9, 2011, 8:44 AM by Michael A. Hawkes ]

Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution - Kidnapping, Murder

REWARD: The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Alexis Flores.

Alexis Flores is wanted for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of a five-year-old girl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The girl was reported missing in late July of 2000, and later found strangled to death in a nearby apartment in early August of 2000.

Flores has ties to Honduras.