Captain Sierra Tafoya began her career with the Farmington Police Department in 2008. She has worked in several of the department’s specialty divisions, including the Traffic Unit, where she served as a DWI Taskforce officer, and in the Region II Narcotics Taskforce as an agent working to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations.
During her tenure, she has been an academy instructor, drug recognition expert, and field training officer. Tafoya was promoted to the rank of corporal in 2013 and to sergeant in 2016. She was the first female to hold a supervisory position at FPD in 18 years. As a corporal, she was initially assigned to the Traffic Division and returned to the Patrol Division in 2015.
During her time as a corporal, the police chief tasked her with organizing the first-ever Southwest Women in Law Enforcement Conference. As a sergeant, she continued her assignment within the Patrol Division. In 2017, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and is responsible for the Professional Standards Division, which includes internal affairs investigations, the Training Division, hiring and recruiting, the San Juan Criminal Justice Training Authority, and accreditation; the Patrol Division; and now Special Operations which includes the SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Crisis Negotiation Team, Mobile Field Force Team, as well as special projects and grant writing.
Capt. Tafoya is also a member of the Farmington Police Department Honor Guard. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and is a graduate of the 420th class of Northwestern’s School of Police Staff and Command. Outside of her career, Capt. Tafoya spends her time with family and enjoys the mountains by camping and backpacking. She maintains an active lifestyle and enjoys physical fitness.
Civilian Operations Supervisor Eva E. Barron has served Farmington Police Department for the past 20 years. She is the designated custodian of evidence and police records. Eva manages and supervises the civilian employees assigned to the quartermaster, records, evidence, NCIC, and discovery units, in addition to being a member of the Chief’s Staff & Command. She is originally from Arizona, where she was employed by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office as a dispatcher and records technician. Eva later joined the Gila County Attorney’s Office to be on the team that established the Child Support Enforcement Division. Drawn by the beauty of the Four Corners area, she relocated to Farmington and soon after was hired by FPD as a records technician before being promoted in 2004. In her spare time, Eva enjoys mountain biking, hiking, quilting and spending time with her grandsons.
Kim Millinder is the quartermaster for the Farmington Police Department and maintains all the police equipment, uniforms, and office supplies. Prior to working for FPD, she was a full-time peace officer for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield, California. Kim retired after serving 21 ½ years at KCSD. Her assignments during her career included Jail Operations, Court Services, Patrol, Background Investigations, Bicycle Patrol, hostage/crisis negotiator, driving instructor (defensive and off-road), tactical communication instructor, Explorer advisor, detective in the Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigation Unit (SAAIU) and homicide detective.
Officer Angela Prince has been with the Farmington Police Department since 2013 and worked in corrections for four years prior to joining the department. During her time at FPD, she’s worked on patrol and in the Detective Division as a school resource officer. Currently, she is assigned to the District Coordinator Unit as a bike officer.
In addition to her regular duties, Officer Prince is a hostage/crisis negotiator, serves on FPD’s honor guard, participates in FPD’s mentor program, and assists with Special Olympics fundraising events. Officer Prince is a certified critical incident instructor through BowMac. She enjoys sharing her knowledge about personal and environmental safety with others in the community. Officer Prince conducts classes for FPD’s Women with Insight program, which aims to teach survival skills to participants, and provides training to local schools and businesses on dealing with critical incidents.