Standard Operating Procedures
The General Orders Manual of the Las Cruces Police Department is formatted into six volumes with four currently being used:
- Volume 1: Administrative
- Volume 2: Field Operations
- Volume 3: Evidence and Property
- Volume 4: Emergency Operations
General Orders shall follow the guidelines outlined in General Order 163, Policy Procedure Development.
Policies are general statements that guide the department and its personnel in establishing missions and goals. Definitions provide clarification of specific terms used in this manual. Rules are directives designed to govern those situations in which no deviation or exception is permitted. Procedures are approved methods of handling, responding to, or dealing with given situations.
General Orders Manual contains relevant information for all employees and, at times, specific employees of the department. Some General Orders may not apply to civilian staff.
Policy & Procedure Development Revisions
Citizens can find policy development and publication in GO-163 Policy and procedure development. The Las Cruces Police Department aligns its policies with best practices and current laws, including federal, state, local, and case laws. Ensuring the policy reflects what currently is practiced within the Department.
Policies marked as Being Edited/Revised means that
Policies marked as Published are implemented Department-wide as well as being available on the City’s public-facing website. Scroll down to review the Department’s published General Orders.
Numbering & Dates
General Order Numbering coincides with the Volume number, Volume 1 Administration, which is currently GO's 001 through 199. Volume 2 Field Operations 200 through 299, and Volume 3 Evidence and Property 300 and 301. Numbers that do not fall in the sequence are not used; in an ever-changing job field, these missing numbers are made available for additions and potential changes in the manual.
LCPD will use a three-level classification system to indicate the critical importance of each General Order. It is important to understand that all General Orders are critical; some more critical than others.
- General Orders in RED are the MOST CRITICAL for employees to know and understand. These General Orders outline information and procedures that need to be followed in situations that allow little or no time to research or clarify when action needs to be taken.
- General Orders in ORANGE are CRITICAL for employees to know and understand as they execute their duties. These General Orders outline procedures that need to be followed in situations that allow employees time to review and ask questions about certain situations.
- General Orders in BLUE are LESS CRITICAL for employees to know but are still important to be familiar with them. These General Orders outline procedures covering issues that do not routinely impact commissioned officers while executing their day-to-day duties.
- General Orders in BLACK are DAILY.