Police Officer Lateral

Roswell, NM
Roswell Police Department

Salary: $24.00 per hour.

Position Summary:

Under basic supervision, provides professional, responsive, and courteous police services for the Roswell Police Department (RPD); responds to calls for service, protects life and property, and enforces laws and ordinances; basic duties include patrol, interventions, investigations, and traffic regulation.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces state and federal laws, and City regulations; performs work according to RPD policies to enforce laws, preserve peace, solve problems, and provide for a safe environment through community policing; duties will vary according to job assignment.
  • Provides community-oriented police services, and improves and enhances the quality of life in the community; works with citizens to address the issues of safety, crime, and neighborhood disorder; assures citizens are treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Preserves the peace of the community through mediation, investigation, intervention, assistance, and arrest; utilizes all lawful means to improve the quality of life by recognizing and resolving problems.
  • Patrols the City, looking for unusual and suspicious activities and persons; responds to emergency and nonemergency calls for service; investigates, documents, and resolves traffic incidents, crimes, dangerous and illegal activities, and citizen complaints; interrogates and communicates with victims, witnesses, and suspects in cases; provides scene security for emergency services personnel.
  • Responds to citizens’ requests for assistance, enforces traffic regulations, detects crime, apprehends violators, and assures public safety; applies laws and regulations fairly and consistently.
  • Investigates crimes and accidents; secures and processes crime and accident scenes, and identifies and collects evidence; arrests law violators; transports and processes suspects, victims and prisoners.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork.
  • Maintains RPD vehicle and equipment according to Department standards.
  • Assists and coordinates with other emergency services personnel, outside organizations and businesses, and federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations.
  • Performs specialized functions in areas of expertise, including training and other special enforcement, assessment, surveillance, intervention, and investigative teams.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Roswell and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent; AND completion of Law Enforcement Officer Training and certification procedures.
  • A New Mexico State Driver’s License is required. Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy is required.
  • Must be able to pass a rigid background investigation including work history, criminal records, driving records and other records deemed necessary.
  • Must pass a pre-employment limited physical given by a City-designated physician.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen administered by a City-designated facility.