Minimum Qualifications


  • 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.

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  • Current certification by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Years of experience is calculated from date of law enforcement certification and each consecutive month of service.  Based on validated years of service, Laterals will be placed in the classification which they qualify for: Police Officer or Senior Police Officer.
  • 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).

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Must successfully pass the following:

  • Written exam
  • Physical Agility Standards -Physical agility tests administered to cadets only / Lateral Police Officer candidates are not required to complete physical agility tests
  • 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




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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Honor Guard

DWI Unit

Emergency Response Team
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