Southeast Area Commander

Meet the leadership at the Southeast Area Command.

Cmdr. Joseph Burke

Commander Johnny Yara

Commander Johnny Yara started his career with the Albuquerque Police Department in 2002. A veteran of the United States Marine Corp and a graduated with a degree in Business Management from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Business. During his time with APD, he has served a majority of his career working in the Southeast Area Command Field Service Bureau as a Field Training Officer and a Crisis Intervention Officer.

Yara also served as an investigative detective with the Southeast Area Command Impact Team and was also the Southeast Area Command’s first Problem Response Team Sergeant. Commander Yara also served as a narcotics investigator with the East-side Narcotics Team, Special Investigations Division. Prior to coming to the Southeast Area Command, Commander Yara served as the police departments Operation Review Lieutenant and the police department’s Emergency Response Team Commander.