Big Changes on the Way for Authorities in Lea County, New Mexico

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

LEA COUNTY, NEW MEXICO - Some big changes are coming to Lea County, changes that could keep you and your family safer.

In just a few weeks, the Hobbs Police Station will re-locate to the old City Hall.

Officials tell NewsWest 9, they've completely out-grown their current facility.

This move will give them extra space and a chance to expand their services.

Right now, their evidence room is bursting at the seams and Police say the transition will make a huge impact in their productivity.

"We have 6 Sergeants sharing one office. We have totally outgrown our evidence lockers, everything is obviously secured in our evidence room, so it's a really good deal for the police department," Officer Mike Stone, with the Hobbs Police Department, said.

Another big move for Lea County officials.

The Hobbs Police and Lea County Sheriff's 911 centers will be joining forces.

They'll soon be moving to a location just north of town.

Now, the entire county will operate and dispatch from one central location in an effort to stream-line emergency calls.