Now Hiring Police Officers!
Uncertified Patrolman $24.73 per hour
Email application to Policeapps@cityofcarlsbadnm.com
Upcoming Test Dates-Applicants will complete the fitness exam and written exam
Questions regarding employment may be directed to any of the following:
Sergeant Adrian Rivera firstname.lastname@example.org 575.885.2111 ext. 2236
Lieutenant Richard Cage email@example.com 575.885.2111 ext.2202
Captain Jessie Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org 575.885.2111 ext. 2221
o Be a minimum of 21 years of age
o Be a citizen of the United States
o Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent
o Hold a valid driver’s license
o Have not been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge. Arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
o Have not been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a violation of any federal or state law or local ordinance relating to aggravated assault, theft or driving while intoxicated, controlled substances or other crime involving moral turpitude, within the three year period immediately preceding his application. Arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
o Have not been discharged under dishonorable conditions from any of the armed forces of the United States
o Written Exam-Applicants must score a 70% or better
o Study guides can be purchased at the following Police Officer Selection Test
o Successfully complete the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Fitness Entrance Standards. See fitness standards here
o Sit-ups-a minimum of 27 repetitions in one minute
o Push-ups-a minimum of 15 repetitions in one minute
o 1.5 mile run in 15:54 (minutes:seconds) or less
o 300 meter sprint in 71 seconds or less
o Personal History Statement
o Oral Board Interview
o Background Investigation
o Psychological Evaluation
o Medical Examination and Drug Screening
o Hiring Incentive of $5,000 in which they will receive $3,500 up front immediately upon start date then they will receive the remaining $1,500 after the completion of their first year.
o Sick Leave-Employees accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month
o Paid Holidays-Employees receive 11 paid holidays per year
o Retirement-Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA)-Police Officers can retire once they have achieved 25-years of service. Civilian employees can retire once they have achieved 30-years of service
o Insurance- The City of Carlsbad pays 75% of the employee’s health insurance benefit
o Pay Incentives
Associates Degree $0.50 per hour
Bachelor’s Degree $1.00 per hour
Master’s Degree $1.50 per hour
Employees who hold a degree in a major field of study which corresponds directly with their classification/duties shall receive the following:
Associates Degree $1.00 per hour
Bachelor’s Degree $2.00 per hour
Master’s Degree $3.00 per hour
o Bi-lingual Employees and Employees fluent in sign-language shall receive $0.60 per hour
o Specialty Pay-Employees shall receive $0.60 per hour for the following specialties with a cap of $2.40 per hour:
SRT Members Field Training Officers
Academy Certified Instructors Arson Investigators
Certified Hostage Negotiators Communication Training Officers
Polygraph Operator Key Operator
Traffic Crash Reconstructionist Physical Fitness Instructor
Euthanasia Technician Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
Cruelty Investigator Armorer
Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Child Safety Technician
Certified Crime Scene Investigator TAC Officer
o Equipment Allowance
o $1,500 to new certified officers upon completion of their probationary period for the purchase of firearms, leather, handcuffs and other equipment and accessories.
o $1,500 to officers hired as lateral transfers upon completion of their training period for the purchase of firearms, leather, handcuffs and other equipment and accessories.
o Uniforms are provided by the Department and employees will receive the following wages for uniform upkeep and equipment replacement.