Minimum Qualifications

CADETS

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have a good driving record and possess a valid Class-D New Mexico driver’s license.
  • Must have a record clear of felony convictions or crimes involving moral turpitude or violations of public trust.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a United States citizen and establish New Mexico residency within six months of hire.

LATERALS’ CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSURES / REGISTRATIONS

  • Current certification by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Out-of-state applicants must meet the requirements and qualify for a Certification by Waiver class through the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
  • Must have a good driving record and possess a valid Class D New Mexico driver’s license.
  • Must take the Santa Fe Police Department placement tests (No physical fitness test required).

See Testing Dates

Must successfully pass the following:

  • Written exam
  • Physical Standards
  • Physical agility tests (cadets only) – See Physical Fitness Standards (PDF)
  • Oral interview
  • Polygraph examination
  • Background examination
  • Psychological examination
  • Complete medical examination
  • Drug screening test
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to use specialized equipment, including but not limited to firearms, communications equipment and computers
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective and professional working relationship with co-workers and the general public
  • Ability to meet deadlines with severe time constraints
  • Knowledge of the City geography is helpful

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Our upcoming test dates are:

December 8, 2018
January 12, 2019
February 9, 2019

Specialized Units

SWAT Team

Crisis Negotiation Team

Bike Patrol Team

Traffic Unit

Bomb Squad

Honor Guard

DWI Unit

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