Police Cadet

Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Police Department

Salary: $18.61-$23.26.

Closing Date: 06/30/2024.

Position Summary:

This is a training position whereby new recruits are observed and evaluated as to their suitability for police work, while they observe and assist experienced Police Officers in general duty police work.

Works under the general guidance and direction of the Police Sergeant.

Essential Functions:

  • Under close supervision, this employee performs routine residential and commercial patrol.
  • Investigates motor vehicle accidents, crimes against property, and violent crimes.
  • Performs traffic control duties and traffic code enforcement to include issuing citations.
  • Conducts crime prevention activities. Operates vehicles in routine and emergency situations.
  • Receives training in report preparation and other general duty police work.
  • May testify in court.


  • One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license. If an applicant currently possesses an out of state driver’s license, he/she must obtain a NM driver’s license within six (6) weeks after graduating the NMDPS Academy.
  • Obtain and maintain a City of Santa Fe driving permit within three (3) months of hire.
  • Must have a good driving record.
  • 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 upon completion of the NMDPS Academy.
  • Must be a United States citizen and establish New Mexico residency within six (6) months of hire.
  • Must take the Santa Fe Police Department placement tests.