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Foothills Area Commander

Meet the leadership at the Foothills Area Command.

Cmdr. James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is the Commander of the Foothills Area Command. After completing Albuquerque Police Department's 77th Cadet Class in 1997, he was sworn in as an Albuquerque Police Department officer where he has worked his more than 21 years in law enforcement.

Commander Collins has served in the Field Services Bureau as an officer and, within about six years, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He also worked in the Horse Mounted Unit, as a Department Rangemaster and Advanced Training Sergeant at the Albuquerque Police Department Academy before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned back to Field Services as a dayshift watch commander in the Foothills Area Command. He later moved to Special Operations as the Tactical Lieutenant where he commanded the SWAT, K9, and Bomb Teams.

When the Department of Justice and the City of Albuquerque finalized the settlement agreement, he was then assigned to the Assistant Chief of Police in order to construct an investigative unit designed to investigate officer-involved shootings, which also assumed the role of Albuquerque Police Department's representative on the Multi-Agency Task Force.

Commander Collins was born and raised in Albuquerque and is a graduate of Eldorado High School where he played baseball and football. After high school, Commander Collins attended New Mexico State University and received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.