Police Officer I

Silver City, NM
Western New Mexico University

Salary: $21.20 hourly.

Position Summary:

Under supervision from the Chief of Campus Police, patrols campus and surrounding areas to enforce the University’s, state, and local ordinances, policies, statutes, and laws for the protection of lives and property.

Essential Functions:

  1. Patrols campus areas and surrounding community in radio equipped vehicles, on foot, and/or on bicycle to prevent and/or uncover unlawful actions. Works under direct and indirect supervision.
  2. Responds to calls for assistance including but not limited to automobile accidents, robberies, break-ins, burglaries, vandalism, assaults, domestic disturbances, and other criminal and/or civil complaints to secure the crime scene, re-establish order, and conduct preliminary investigations.
  3. Maintains close contact with community.
  4. Prepares reports of incidents to include all information to document and facilitate preparation of cases and provide a record of activity for the University’s records.
  5. Issues summons and subpoenas.
  6. Performs crowd and traffic control activities during a variety of campus wide events including but not limited to commencements, athletic meets, alumni gatherings, and concerts.
  7. Patrols all residences to ensure student compliance with established curfew and noise ordinances.
  8. Provides assistance and support to Silver City and State of New Mexico law enforcement agencies during routine road stops, DUI stops, and emergency situations.
  9. Issues warnings and citations for traffic and parking violations. Appears and testifies during court proceedings to describe, present evidence, and answer questions.
  10. Participates in regular pre-shift briefing meetings to ensure thorough discussion and review of shift activities.
  11. Performs routine inspection of campus police vehicle for proper equipment operation, inventory of supplies, and all fluid levels. Checks personal equipment and weapons for proper operation and functionality.
  12. Locks and unlocks all campus buildings. Checks and sets all fire and burglar alarms.
  13. Participates in regular training programs in police methods and procedures to maintain state certification.
  14. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must be over 18 years of age.
  • A U.S. Citizen with a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must be certified or able to certified by a New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy within one (1) year of hire date and able to pass all yearly mandated DPS training.
  • Able to pass an extensive Law Enforcement background investigation, including previous employment, previous work performance, driving and criminal record.
  • Requires a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
  • Must pass a Defensive Driving Course within 2 months of hire date.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bilingual (Spanish) and experience with diverse groups preferred.