Police Officer

Artesia, NM
Artesia Police Department

Artesia NM Police Hiring


Police Officer Uncertified Hourly Pay: $22.36

Police Officer Certified applicants may contact Artesia PD Administration @ (575) 746-5000 for salary information


Days and Hours Vary

Definition: Under general supervision, provides a variety of investigative/law enforcement work. Work is normally performed in the uniformed patrol division of the police department. Work is generally performed in accordance with job protocols, departmental operating procedures, and legal precedence; however, an employee in this position must be able to exercise independent judgment within these guidelines. Work involves considerable contact with the public both in adversary and non-adversary situations. Work involves an element of personal danger. Work is performed regardless of inclement weather conditions. This position is required to work forty hours per week on a shift, which will include weekends and holidays with possible overtime or call back.

Essential Functions: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may vary among positions, but may include the following tasks, knowledge, abilities, skills and other characteristics. This list of talks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and not intended to be a comprehensive listing of tasks performed by all positions in the classification.)


  • Patrols in a radio-equipped vehicle and/or on foot.
  • Responds to citizen calls for service and help.
  • Discovers and prevents criminal activity through proactive patrol measures.
  • Investigates criminal activities i.e., robberies, assaults, burglaries, domestic disturbances.
  • Re-establishes lawful behavior and order at disturbances
  • Investigates traffic accidents and enforces traffic laws and ordinances as required.
  • Enforces State of New Mexico and Municipal laws and ordinances in fair and impartial manner.
  • Prepares reports, complaints, affidavits, and other related technical/legal documents.
  • Appears in court to present evidence and sworn testimony on behalf of the City or State.
  • Executes arrest warrants, search warrants, and other legal processes of the court.
  • Takes physical custody and/or makes arrests of persons charged or suspected of criminal activity.
  • Preserves and documents crime scene to ensure that the collection and preservation of evidence meets established legal and professional standards.
  • Interviews/interrogates victims, suspects, and witnesses to obtain and verify information pertinent to the investigation or resolution of incidents.
  • Evacuate areas endangered by explosive or toxic gases, spilled hazardous liquids, bomb threats or other type of disaster including vehicles and buildings.
  • Mediates domestic or other disputes.
  • Talks with persons attempting to commit suicide to get them to delay or stop their attempt.
  • Engages in high speed pursuit or emergency vehicle operations in all road or weather conditions.
  • Subdues physically attacking persons or persons resisting arrest.
  • Disarms violent armed suspects including possible use of deadly force, if required.
  • Transports prisoners including initial arrest transport and detention related transport.
  • Guards prisoners in court or hospital facilities as required.
  • Performs related work as required or directed.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills and Other Characteristics:

  • Knowledge of the City of Artesia Ordinances.
  • Knowledge of the New Mexico State Statutes.
  • Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures for the Artesia Police Department.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal Judiciary decisions which impact practice of law enforcement.
  • Knowledge and skills of law enforcement principles and practices including investigation, identification, patrol, traffic control, records management, and custody of persons and property.
  • Knowledge of equipment used in law enforcement, including but not limited to, weaponry, communications, and automotive equipment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local, county, state, and federal agencies, other staff, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate efficiently in writing using business English; i.e., proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently under pressure.
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex statutes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
  • Ability to analyze serious emergency situations, and to adopt quick, effective, reasonable courses of action towards all of the situations with a minimum hazard to police personnel and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate using a standard two-way radio.
  • Knowledge of the name and locations of streets/roads in the City of Artesia and surrounding area.
  • Knowledge and skill of conflict resolution techniques
  • Skill in evaluating and prioritizing events and determining the appropriate response.
  • Ability to assume responsibility for a stressful and difficult job without constant direct supervision.
  • Ability and Skill to operate a variety of firearms including pistols, shotguns, and rifles.
  • Ability to keep confidential information/materials from being released, except as allowed.
  • Ability to perform full responsibilities of position in all weather conditions.
  • Understand that police officers must maintain a high standard of morality including off-duty conduct that might impact the public’s perception of candidate’s effectiveness as a police officer.
  • Position requires flexibility in working hours. The ability to work all shifts including weekends and holidays is required.


  • Applicant must be 21 years of age at time of hire.
  • Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent.
  • Applicant must pass a rigid background check.
    • Applicant cannot have been convicted of any felonies, nor a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.
    • Applicant cannot have a conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (D.W. I.) within the past seven years.
    • Applicant cannot have a conviction for Domestic Battery.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.
  • Applicant must be able to pass a written entrance exam & physical agility test.
  • Applicant must pass a post-offer pre-employment physical, psychological and vision examination.
  • Applicant must pass rigid drug screen requirements.
  • Must possess certification as a State of New Mexico Police Officer prior to obtaining permanent status.
  • Current or previous State of New Mexico Certified Police Officers will be given preference points in the evaluation process.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Additional Requirements for Certified

  • Must possess and maintain certification as a State of New Mexico Police Officer prior to obtaining non-probationary status.

Additional Requirements for Corporal

  • Must possess and maintain certification as a State of New Mexico Police Officer.
  • Must have a minimum of four (4) years full time non-probationary experience as a certified sworn law enforcement officer.
  • Must possess and maintain Advanced I Police Certification from the State of New Mexico

Apply at: https://www.artesianm.gov/596/Jobs