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Lieutenant Joseph Ralph Silva | New Mexico Corrections Department, New Mexico New Mexico Corrections Department, New Mexico


Joseph Ralph Silva

New Mexico Corrections Department, New Mexico

End of Watch: Friday, April 3, 1987

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Blunt object; Lumber

Offender: Added 18 months to 2 life sentences

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Lieutenant Joseph Silva was killed when he was assaulted by a prisoner whom he had written a disciplinary report on for possessing a shank. After the prisoner was found guilty by a review board he asked to speak with Lieutenant Silva in his office. Other officers were alerted to a problem when Lieutenant Silva pressed the emergency button on his radio and found him bleeding from the head and a two-by-four on the floor nearby.

The prisoner was convicted of the murder and had 18 months added to his two life sentences.

Lieutenant Silva had served with the New Mexico Corrections Department for four years but had been in law enforcement with several agencies before hand. He was survived by his two sons.

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Lt. Silva,
Sir, it has been 28 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Mexico. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


United States Border Patrol
April 8, 2015


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