Police Officer

Belen, NM
Belen Police Department

Salary: annual salary $46,051-$58,968 ($22.00-$27.00 an hour).

Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

A police officer is responsible for the efficient performance of required duties conforming to the rules, regulations, and general orders contained herein. Duties shall consist of, but are not limited to, general police responsibilities necessary to the safety and good order of the community. A police officer shall:

Essential Functions:

  • Exercises authority consistent with obligations imposed by the oath of office. Accountable to superior officer. Promptly obeys legitimate orders.
  • Coordinates efforts with those of other members of the department so that teamwork may ensure continuity of purpose and achievement of police objectives.
  • Communicates to superiors and to fellow officers all information obtained in the field which is pertinent to the achievement of police objectives.
  • Responds punctually to all assignments.
  • Records information concerning events that have taken place since the last tour of duty.
  • Records activity during tour of duty in the manner prescribed by proper authority. Maintains weapons and equipment in a functional, presentable condition.
  • Assists citizens requesting assistance or information. Courteously explains any instance where jurisdiction does not lie with the police department and suggests other procedures to be followed.
  • Accountable for the securing, receipt, and proper transporting of all evidence and property coming into custody.
  • Answers questions asked by the general public, counsels, juveniles and adults when necessary and refers them to persons or agencies where they can obtain further assistance.
  • Preserves the peace at public gatherings, neighborhood disputes, and family quarrels.
  • Serves or delivers warrants, summonses, subpoenas, and other official papers promptly and accurately when so directed by a superior officer. Confers with prosecutors and testifies in court.
  • Accomplishes other general duties as they are assigned or become necessary.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
  • Cooperates with the efforts of other law enforcement agencies.


  • Officers need to have knowledge of resources available to the department, particularly as related to juveniles;
  • Knowledge of police investigative techniques and techniques of identification;
  • General knowledge of rules of evidence and laws of search and seizure;
  • Possess the ability to deal effectively with juveniles and adults;
  • Show the ability to question and interview skillfully;
  • Ability to organize and prepare clear and concise oral and written reports;
  • Exercise skill in the use of firearms and police equipment;
  • Possess of physical ability and endurance;
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with juveniles, parents, school officials, fellow workers and the public;
  • A high school degree or equivalent;
  • Certified completion New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy;
  • Two (2) years of patrol experience. Must be able to pass City drug testing;
  • No felony convictions or convictions for a crime of moral turpitude.