It’s their job: Police sergeant encourages community to get involved

Name: Shawn Gore

Job: Sergeant with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office.

Background: I am originally from Portales. I started my law enforcement career as a reserve deputy sheriff in 1991. I then went to work for the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 1992 for roughly a year. Then I was hired by Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and was in that position for 11 years. From there I worked for Clovis Police Department for four years and then ended back at the sheriff’s office again. I am currently assigned to the Curry/Roosevelt County Major Crimes Unit, which is run out of the district attorney’s office.

Time on job: In total, I have worked for Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years.

What does your job entail? Normally our sergeants are assigned to patrol. I am the night shift supervisor as well. I serve the same patrol functions as the deputies. With the Curry/Roosevelt County Major Crimes Unit, I assist teams in investigations on homicides and other major crimes.

Why did you choose a career in law enforcement? I never had a desire to do anything else. From when I was a kid playing cowboys and Indians, I was always a sheriff or deputy. I always loved cop shows, too. I have family members that have been in law enforcement so I just followed in that direction.

Why did you choose this job? I like doing something good for the community. The satisfaction of doing something tangible that you can see you made a difference, even if that difference is just for a short period of time.

What type of training, if any, is needed for this job? I attended the Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe and graduated in 1994. Amongst my other assignments at this office, I have been to all types of training to stay current. I have been trained on everything from narcotics investigation, criminal investigation and gang investigations.

What is the scariest situation that you have been in? When I was a patrolman with Clovis, we got a call about a person harassing people. Five minutes later, I see the car and attempt to stop it. I could see that the guy in the back seat of the vehicle was trying to hide dope. When I tried to get him out of the car, he broke away and started a foot pursuit. I chased him through a field and through a residential neighborhood. I called for backup, and other cops were on their way. I finally located the subject in a shed. When I went to arrest him, he reached behind his back and told me that he had a gun and was going to kill me. He wouldn’t ever show it to me. I ended up fighting with this guy and couldn’t get to my radio to give my location for backup.

What advice can you give to the community of Portales? Get involved. If you see something or are concerned about something, call. That’s what we get paid for, to protect and serve. Law enforcement in general cannot do it all alone. They have to help. Be vigilant and get involved.