Michael Quinones

Michael Quinones is a twenty-year veteran of the New Mexico State Police Department, retiring as a Major in 2014. Michael entered the New Mexico State Police Academy in 1993 at the age of nineteen. Shortly after he began his career as a patrolman. He served as an agent in the Investigations Bureau leading several criminal investigations over a four-year period. Overlapping his time as an agent, he began training, qualified and participated in the selective New Mexico State Police Tactical Team.

For the next eight years, he would contribute to this special unit as a reliable team member, completing his tour as a valued tactical team leader.

Michael’s greatest accomplishment throughout his time with law enforcement was his responsibility as a commanding officer of the Albuquerque District with the Uniform Bureau. The years spent in this administrative role allowed Mike to strengthen both the decision-making skills, as well as the leadership skills required for that position. Ultimately, Mike was offered a position on the Chief’s Staff as a Major at the New Mexico State Police Training and Recruiting Bureau. His experience and skills were utilized within the Bureau to revise the philosophy and methods of the training program, boosting the percentage of female officers within the program and leading to countless successful graduating classes of well trained, disciplined State Police Officers, still on the job today.

Throughout his career, Mike has incurred hours of leadership for the First Line Supervisors and Field Training Officer Programs and continues to retain a certification as an Instructor of General Policing and Firearms. Although Michael is now retired from the State Police, as owner and developer of South West Training Consultants of New Mexico (SWTC) he is able to use his experience to continue leading, teaching and cultivating men and women to become successful leaders in their chosen careers.


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