Patrol Officer – Non-Certified

Ruidoso, NM
Village of Ruidoso

Salary: $39,520.00 – $45,760.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under immediate supervision, actively participates in the Police Academy training program. Performs all related learning and testing activities at a training level for preparation as a Police Officer. Patrol Officer performs a variety of routine police work for the Ruidoso Police Department, on an assigned shift. Non-exempt FLSA

This position patrols the Village on an assigned shift in a radio-equipped vehicle to preserve law and order, including checking businesses and residences, discovering and preventing the commission of crimes, and enforcing state and municipal laws and ordinances.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs tasks employing patrol methods, community relations, courtroom procedures, fingerprinting, report preparation, physical agility and strength formulation, and other patrol officer-related duties commensurate with attained skills.
  • May assist an Officer in patrolling assigned areas of the Village in a car, bicycle, or on foot.
  • Perform all work duties and activities in accordance with Village and Department policies, procedures, and safety practices.
  • Learns criminal law, arrest and control techniques, use of firearms, report writing, vehicle operation, First Aid, CPR, narcotics, crowd control, court room demeanor, public relations, patrol procedures, physical conditioning and training.
  • Checks for traffic hazards and illegal or unsafe activities.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, including traffic accidents, assaults, fights, alarms, domestic disturbances, thefts, and other criminal or civil complaints.
  • Works to strengthen police/community relations and as assigned accomplishes this by using avenues such as foot or bike patrol.
  • Searches for missing persons and lost and stolen property.
  • Intervenes in disputes, apprehends suspects, makes arrests, issues citations, identifies witnesses, conducts initial investigations, collects evidence, assists injured persons, and re-establishes law and order at the scene.
  • Books arrested persons in accordance with state, federal, and departmental procedures.
  • Types complaints, writes reports, processes evidence, and distributes copies to courts and superiors, issues warrants and subpoenas.
  • Presents routine cases and testifies in court. Responds to questions and requests from the public.
  • Responsible for maintenance of assigned vehicle.


  • Must have High School Education or equivalent.
  • Must become a Certified Patrol Officer within twelve months of date of hire required.
  • Must be Twenty (20) years of age at time of academy, but must be 21 years of age by graduation time.
  • Must be able to pass regular criminal history checks.
  • Must possess and maintain valid New Mexico motor vehicle operator’s permit of appropriate classification and endorsement as required. Must agree to maintain a satisfactory MVR and minimum requirement of insurability as required by law. MVR background checks will be conducted by the Village.