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Stephen A. Lopez

Chief of Police
Las Cruces Campus
Criminal Justice
Public Health Sciences
Public Safety


Areas of Expertise

  • Use Of Force
  • Firearms
  • Active Shooter
  • Active Killer
  • Terrorism
  • Strategic Protection For Critical Infrastructures
  • Crime Prevention
  • Drugs And Society
  • Special Events Operations
  • Evidence Handling
  • Incident Management
  • Public Information

Expert Background

Lopez has been a police officer for 26 years. He is the Chief of Police for NMSU, and has also been adjunct faculty since 2000, teaching in the Public Health Sciences and Criminal Justice Departments as a College Assistant Professor. He is certified as an instructor in police use of force, active shooter response, criminal investigation, firearms, terrorism and WMD response, and a dozen other specialty areas. He has taught at professional conferences across the United States. 

Stephen A. Lopez

Highest Degree

UWashington, 1988 - BCJ and BA Psych. - NMSU