Topic: “BIA-Office of Justice Service Missing & Murdered Investigations in Indian Country”
BIA-Office of Justice Service Missing and Murder Unit
Marcelino ToersBijns is an enrolled tribal member of Isleta Pueblo, State of New Mexico. Marcelino has over 31 years extensive law enforcement experience in conducting complex criminal investigations and 26 of those years serving with the BIA-Offices of Justice Services.
After serving in the United States Marine Corp, Marcelino begun his law enforcement career with the Isleta Police Department in 1990 and was promoted to a detective investigating all facets of crimes. He then worked for the State of New Mexico Department of Corrections in 1992 and was assigned to the Mental Health Unit that housed the mentally ill as a Correctional Officer, Acting Correctional Lieutenant and served as the Institution’s Disciplinary Officer imposing sanctions on inmate conduct and referring inmate infractions to a higher office for possible criminal charges. He then held dual employment with the Isleta Police Department while still employed with New Mexico Corrections.
Marcelino gained employment with the BIA-Office of Law Enforcement Services in 1995 as a police officer. He received early advancement opportunities as an Acting Criminal Investigator, Acting Chief of Police, and later received a promotion to a Criminal Investigator investigating major criminal offenses that occurred in Indian Country, while stationed at the BIA-Northern Pueblos Agency in New Mexico. He later transferred to the BIA/OJS Internal Affairs Division and soon after received a promotion as the BIA-Office of Justice Services Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the BIA-Office of Justice Services District IV Headquarters, overseeing the OJS Police Departments and providing contractual oversight and guidance of the contracted tribal law enforcement and correctional programs.
He explored the field once more in 2013 as a BIA/OJS Special Agent stationed in Laguna, New Mexico putting his investigation experience to use once more. In 2019, he was asked to continue going back into management as the Regional Agent in Charge for a new investigative unit at that time known as the Branch of Criminal Investigations. Marcelino oversaw the OJS Agents in District IV that encompassed New Mexico and South West Colorado.
Marcelino believes his attributes need to be in a position that can provide an opportunity to help victims in Indian Country and promote networking and team building to broaden group or individual capabilities to support the mission. As an experience investigator and manager of many years, Marcelino was promoted in June 2021 as the Unit Chief for the BIA-Office of Justice Service Missing and Murder Unit.