Police Officer – LATERAL

Bernalillo, NM
Bernalillo Police Department

Salary: $29.58.

Position Summary:

Maintains order, enforces laws and ordinances, and protects life and property. Performs a combination of the following duties: patrol a specific area on foot or in a vehicle; direct traffic; issue traffic summons; investigate accidents; apprehend and arrest suspects, or serve legal processes of courts.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned area on foot, by motorcycle, or in patrol car to enforce laws, prevent and discover crimes, investigate crimes, maintain order, and answer calls and complaints.
  • Answers radio-dispatched or citizens’ requests for police services at the scene of accidents, domestic disputes, law violations, and peace disturbances.
  • Familiarizes self with beat and with persons living in area.
  • Investigates illegal or suspicious activities, persons, and establishments, and quells disturbances.
  • Locates, searches, detains, and arrests law violators, while following recognized police procedures.
  • Interviews and questions victims, witnesses, and suspects.
  • Gathers and preserves evidence.
  • Performs first aid and provides other assistance to accident and other victims.
  • Investigates causes and results of accidents.
  • Directs and controls traffic.
  • Issues written citations for traffic and other minor violations.
  • Inspects public establishments requiring licenses to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Operates police communication and computer equipment to obtain, disseminate, and report information.
  • Attends community meetings to discuss crime prevention activities and crime problems.
  • Writes detailed incident, investigation, activity, and other reports.
  • Develops and maintains positive community relationships.
  • Testifies in court to present evidence by describing conditions, situations, and actions.
  • Provide training and assistance to less experienced staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED).
  • NM Law Enforcement Certified.
  • Must maintain a valid New Mexico Class D Driver’s License with acceptable driving record for the past five (5) years and must be insurable thru Town of Bernalillo – NMSIF.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical, psychological and drug screen.
  • Must pass a detailed background investigation.
  • Must pass oral examination.