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Join the Santa Fe Police Department

Begin the application process by visiting the City of Santa Fe’s Employment Opportunities Portal. There you can determine your eligibility and submit your application.

Our upcoming test dates are:

July 13, 2024

August 10, 2024

September 14, 2024

$15,000 Lateral Officer Hiring Incentive & 160 Hours of Leave

For a Limited Time Only


For other questions, please contact our Recruiting Officers

Officer Jaqueline Arroyo

Officer Tony Trujillo



The Santa Fe Police Department provides a wide and competitive range of benefits to new recruits and transfers alike.

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Tuition Assistance

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Equipment and Take Home Vehicle Provided

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Health and Dental Insurance Plans

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Top Rated Retirement Plan

Specialized Units

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Crisis Negotiation Team

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Bike Patrol Team

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Traffic Unit

Bomb Squad

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DWI Unit

Emergency Response Team

Selection Process

Physical Agility Test

Based on the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Standards.
This test consists of a 1.5 mile run, push-ups, sit-ups and 300 meter run. A sheet containing minimum standards is included in this packet. Please bring clothing suitable for exercising to include running shoes as well as water. Lateral hires are not required to take the physical agility test.

Written Test

A two hour multiple choice exam will be administered. Lateral hires will have placement exams to determine hiring rank.


Should the physical agility test and written exam be passed, candidates will be

Please bring appropriate business attire.
For those who successfully pass the above three phases, a conditional letter of hire will be made and is contingent on the successful completion of the following phases; See 4-9.

Background Investigation

Polygraph examination

Psychological evaluation

Physical examination

Paid by the City of Santa Fe

Drug Screening

Paid by the City of Santa Fe

Police Chief’s Interview

Final Stage

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SFPD is the official recruiting website for the City of Santa Fe Police Department.