McKinley County

McKinley County was created in 1901 and named for President William McKinley. Its population is approximately 74,923 with a total area of 5,455 square miles.

Over three-quarters of its population are Native American with residents from the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes. The county seat is the Gallup, the most populous city between Flagstaff and Albuquerque along the historic U.S. Route 66.

Gallup is known as the “Heart of Indian Country” because it is on the edge of the Navajo reservation. As one of the oldest towns in the U.S., Gallup’s population can be traced back to 2500 BC with the settlement of the Anasazi in Canyon de Chelly. As a railhead for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad that brought increased trading to the area, Gallup was then founded in 1881. In 1937, the El Rancho Hotel became the temporary home for many Hollywood stars as well as a stopping point for tourists driving on old Route 66. Because of the nearby rugged terrain, it was a popular location in the 1940’s and 1950’s to film Hollywood westerns.

Upcoming Events

16 Hour Verbal De-Escalation @ Bernalillo County, Albuquerque, NM
May 7 @ 8:00 am – May 8 @ 5:00 pm

This 16-hour training teaches students verbal de-escalation skills that apply psychology to aid a highly agitated person in bringing their emotions under control. This training is intended for Detention Staff and Sheriff’s Deputies.

Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Insurance Pool Members.  Non-members can inquire about attending (pending availability) for a fee.

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CIT – 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training @ Bernaillo County, Albuquerque, NM
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am – Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm

This 40-hour training provides verbal de-escalation, crisis intervention, and mental health awareness training. This training is intended for Sheriff Deputies, Detention Staff, Firefighter and Emergency Medical First Responders.

Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Pool members.  Non-pool members may inquire about attending (based on availability) for a fee.

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First Line Supervisor – 40 hour Training @ Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office Training Room
Jul 15 @ 8:00 am – Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm

During this weeklong block of instruction, we go over several topics to include organizational skills, leadership, supervising pursuits, character development, and dealing with difficult employees. This is a dynamic block of instruction and will immerse you into the world of supervision. Prepare for a lot of interaction and dialog discussing all facets of taking on that new responsibility. Course is free to NMC Law Enforcement Insurance Pool Members.  Non-pool members may inquire about attending (pending availability) for a fee.

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