Police - Law Enforcement


July 9, 2015 AT 5:00 PM


By Linda Shoppe & Mary Jo Wallen

McKinley County’s under Sheriff, Paul Lucero will be in attendance.  The main purpose of this get-together is to meet our local law enforcement officers and build/improve a better relationship with them.


Contacting Law Enforcement Authorities

Call 911 - start by telling operator your county; either McKinley or Cibola

McKinley County Sheriff 505-722-7205

Cibola County Sheriff 505-287-9476

To Report a Game Law Violation
Operation Game Thief 1-800-432-4263

Timberlake Ranch Neighborhood Watch (posted 7-13-2017)


First, I would like to personally thank Jim Zwerg for all his help in coordinating our Timberlake Neighborhood Watch Program.  Our team of volunteers worked well together under his leadership.  After the Annual Meeting this year, Jim had to resign because of some personal issues.  Nancy Wills has taken his place, so Nancy and I are Co-Coordinators.   Most of you know that Nancy is very committed to helping everyone she can and improving Timberlake in any way possible.

We also want to thank Lt. Harry Hall, Cibola Sheriff’s Dept. for attending the Annual Meeting.  Lt. Hall always has advice to help us help ourselves as well as the Sheriff’s Dept. to deter crimes in the area.  We had good attendance at our table that was set up at the meeting.  If you didn’t pick up your Timberlake green sticker for your vehicle windshield, please contact us or any of the Board members.  It really helps us identify a landowner’s property when a vehicle is left on the side of the road.  One such incident occurred during the spring “muddy” season and if the sticker had been on the vehicle, we could have saved time by not calling the report into law enforcement.   It takes time to get an answer back and in the meantime, it creates unneeded concern that a “suspicious person” could be roaming around the area.

We are happy to report that there has only been one incident reported of a break-in during the spring in the Cibola County portion of Timberlake.  There were 8 incidents reported in 2016 and 16 in 2015.  Since the “hidden key” was used to enter the house, we feel it wasn’t a stranger.  However, items were stolen and a report was supposed to have been filed with law enforcement.  REMEMBER, when you file a report, it would be helpful if you would provide us with a copy of the report.  It’s especially important because if we see any similar incidents occurring in both counties, we can contact law enforcement and provide them with this information.  

We’re hoping to have another law enforcement meeting later this summer.  When the date and time is available, we’ll notify everyone via the website and flyers on all the bulletin boards in Timberlake.

Another reminder for ATV’ers…please remember that you should not be driving on electrical easements and/or private property.  One incident occurred in the McKinley County portion of the development.  ATV’s are only allowed on the road or your own private property.  Children should be wearing helmets and the speed limit is 20 mph, regardless of the signs for vehicles on the roads.

If you have any suggestions or questions for the Neighborhood Watch Group, please send to us at www.timberlakewatch@gmail.com or call Mary Jo Wallen at 783-4207 or Nancy Wills at 783-2457.

We’ve made a lot of progress the past couple of years and we want to thank everyone who helps patrol the area and who are just “more aware” of what’s going on in our community.  A list of the Coordinators and other valuable information can be found on the website and the bulletin boards.

Mary Jo Wallen, Co-Coordinator    Nancy Wills, Co-Coordinator

783-4207      783-2457

Law Enforcement Forum Sept 2014

Emergency 911 databases

(Posted 3-18-14) Calls have been made from residents of Timberlake Ranch to the 911 emergency number and the arrival of Sheriff's Deputies was delayed somewhat due to the fact that there was no official physical street address posted at the property. Many landowners have not taken the necessary steps to obtain these very important addresses. There have been instances across the country of physical street addresses not matching up with the telephone number associated with that address in the 911 emergency databases. If you have such a mismatch it can be disastrous, even life-threatening.

These address numbers are standardized and provided by the county. (You don't go buy decorative ones on your own.) These same numbers are used by Fed-ex and UPS for deliveries. In order to obtain your number you must contact McKinley County at 505-863-9517. They handle all of Timberlake Ranch, even those parts that are in Cibola County. They will then tell you what steps to take to obtain your street address. (Note: this is entirely different than your post office address.)

On to a different, but related topic. There have been many instances across the country of physical addresses not matching up with the telephone number associated with that address in the 911 emergency databases. If you have such a mismatch it can be disastrous. When you call 911 the dispatcher notes your physical street address in the database. If it's wrong, emergency services may be directed to the wrong location. It's very simple to check this out. DO NOT CALL 911 TO DO THIS! Instead, call 505-722-2002 and the dispatcher will check your address and telephone match up. Of course you must call from your home phone here in Timberlake to do all this.

The importance of obtaining a rural address marker for your property, making records of serial numbers of valuables, making photo records, adding automatic lights that come on when someone approaches at night, and proper door locks were also discussed. Certainly there is much that can be done to reduce crime in our community.