Meet Lou Golson
“As your Sheriff, it will be my honor to serve, respect and protect the people.”
Lou Golson has lived in the Albuquerque area his entire adult life. Being transferred to New Mexico as a member of the U.S. Air Force, he remained after his tour of duty. Together, Lou and his wife April have five children and four grandchildren. Three of his children have chosen to follow in their father’s footsteps and have chosen careers in Law Enforcement. Scott with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department; Elisa and Adam with the Albuquerque Police Department.
He started his Law Enforcement career in 1977 as civilian with the U.S. Air Force Security Police. In 1979, he went active duty in the U.S. Air Force. After Basic Training, U.S. Air Force Police Academy and Combat School, he was assigned to Kirtland AFB as a Law Enforcement Specialist. He honorably ended his tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force in June 1983. He applied and was accepted to the Albuquerque Police Department.
He started the Albuquerque Police Academy in January 1984. After completing his training; he served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Traffic Officer, SWAT Team Officer, Highway Patrol and Commercial Vehicle Inspector. In November 2004, after more than twenty years with the Albuquerque Police Department, he retired.
After being retired for three months, he returned to the Albuquerque Police Department on the return to work program. After returning, he spent several months in the evidence unit, assisting with the reorganization. He then returned to uniform patrol until he was reassigned to the Traffic Division. He supervised the Abandoned Vehicle Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Program and assisted the DWI Unit. In 2012, at his request, he was transferred full time to the DWI Unit.
As with his all his duties, Lou was one of the highest producers in calls for service, crashes investigated, citations issued and arrests made. He also was a Police Instructor and taught across the state, his primary specialty was DWI enforcement and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, but had also taught Police Motorcycle Operation, Tactical Operations and Accident Investigation.
He remained a highly motivated Officer throughout his career. On January 3, 2015. At 2:30am, he was shot four times during a traffic stop. Though severely injured, he remained calm and was able to give an accurate description of the offender and assist in his care and preparation for transportation to the hospital. After two surgeries and a five-month recovery period, he was able to return to light duty assigned to the Albuquerque Police Academy, Recruiting, and Selection. For the next year and a half, he was a Background Investigator. He also followed a rigorous physical therapy and training regimen to regain his strength and physical abilities to return to the DWI Unit. In November 2016, he was informed by his doctors, even though he had exceeded their expectations, his injuries would prevent him from returning to uniform duty. Unable to return to uniform duty, he chose to resign from the Albuquerque Police Department in December 2016.
Yes! Having cameras is the national standard, and I’ll see that we have them on every Deputy, every day. Now, more than ever, we need full transparency, which the current Sheriff still opposes.
Competency / Training
Supervisors, Deputies and staff need updated training right now… to meet the rapidly changing social and cultural landscape. We’ll have the best trained and prepared staff – tactically and mentally – in the region.
The current Sheriff has failed our community. He has failed to meet his own goals for reducing crime; failed to implement best practices regarding pursuits and discharging weapons and has failed to gain the trust and support of the people.
Our primary mission is to stop violent crimes: including domestic violence and abuse, home robberies, auto theft and drug and human trafficking.
"Use of Force" Policy
I will never condone the use of force – when no force is necessary. The current Sheriff’s policy allows it. I will change that immediately.
Integrity / Transparency
We’ll forge a culture of integrity, transparency, competence and compassion at BCSO, creating a sense of confidence and security in the community. Crime rates drop drastically when community leaders, the judiciary, and law enforcement work together. It is time that happened in Bernalillo County.
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Awards & Honors
- Medal of Valor – Albuquerque Police Department
- Purple Heart – Albuquerque Police Department
- MADD Law Enforcement Outstanding Hero: 2014 & 2015
- 2016 Deputy James McGrane Officer Survival Hero’s Award
- Spirit of New Mexico Award
- New Mexico Business Coalition 2015 Hero of the Year
- The Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow Award
- Honored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- Honored by the New Mexico Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Air Force Good Conduct Medal
- Air Force Longevity Service Award
- Air Force Training Ribbon
- Air Force Marksmanship Ribbon
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