Posted: 12/16/2022


Under general supervision, performs daily work assignments for the Police Division of the Alamogordo Police Department, in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.


The full pay range for a Certified Police Sergeant is $26.32-$40.80.  The pay rate offered depends on qualifications (DOQ).  Any final offer presented will be calculated based on verifiable work experience as a certified officer.

In addition to the generous benefits package the City of Alamogordo offers its employees, non-probationary Police Officers may also be eligible for bi-lingual pay, education incentives, specialty pay, and physical fitness pay.



  • High School graduation or its equivalent;
  • Five (5) years of continuous employment as a New Mexico Certified Police Officer.
  • Valid NM driver’s license applicable to job responsibilities and good driving record; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


  • Police Sergeant position’s may be assigned to specialty duties that will include additional duties specifically related to the specialty area assigned, ie. Detectives, School Resource Program, Evidence, Narcotics, Patrol, Community Relations, Training, Recruiting, etc..   Sergeants may be re-assigned to any of these specialty duties at any time.

Essential Duties

  • Manages and supervises direct-report staff by coordinating, assigning, and reviewing work to ensure compliance with policies and procedures;
  • Conducts employee evaluations, introductory and annual; makes recommendations for hiring, promoting, and releasing employees; 
  • Initiates and administers corrective action, as necessary, according to the Employee Manual;
  • Mentors’ employees to full potential and ensures appropriate training is given to meet the standards of the position held;
  • Provides law enforcement training for employees, maintains internal investigation records, media relations, and citizen complaints;
  • May participate in the hiring process for police officers;
  • Conducts formalized training for police officers, other APD employees and makes sure training records are complete and up to date, maintains training files and enters information into the computer system;
  • Investigates crimes including: securing crime scene, performing surveillance, preparing required documentation, collecting evidence and questioning witnesses and victims;
  • Investigating crashes and traffic complaints;
  • Facilitate the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and maintains current knowledge of traffic control devices and traffic related ordinances;
  • Conducts special enforcement programs, including directing DWI interdictions, implementing specific patrol techniques, and inspecting seat belt usages and regulation compliance; develops, implements, coordinates and educates community organizations and the general public regarding hazardous materials; and reviews various community relations programs through schools, the media, publications, and public appearances;
  • Conducts all levels of crime prevention, including identifying crime locations and type, and executing crime prevention tactics and programs;
  • Maintains vehicles, weapons, equipment and the building, in a professional, functional, and presentable condition; performs minor department facility, vehicle, and equipment repairs;
  • Conducts recruiting activities for Police Officers including conducting the physical fitness testing;
  • Coordinates training files and assures information is correctly entered into the computer system and submitted to the law enforcement academy to meet biennium training requirements;
  • Completes background investigations on potential employees;
  • Maintains current knowledge of applicable laws and statutes, pending legislation and conducts research on new issues and their impact;
  • May prepare grant applications;
  • Performs public relations activities to include public speaking engagements;
  • Coordinates with other organizational components within the Department, other City departments, other agencies, and other civic organizations or groups;
  • Establishes procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety, and risk avoidance;
  • Responsible for thoroughly investigating, reviewing, and addressing department or division accidents to prevent future occurrences and control risk management related costs;
  • Provide excellent customer service to ensure conformance from other department staff of the same commitment in order to ensure high operational and service standards are met and maintained for the Citizens of Alamogordo; and Contribute to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills;
  • Interacts professionally and provides excellent customer service to all levels of City staff and citizens, to ensure high operational and service standards; and
  • Performs duties in accordance with the Employee Manual, Department Policies and Procedures, City of Alamogordo Ordinances, and any applicable State or Federal authority.


  • Duties may be performed outside of normal working hours;
  • Performs such other duties as may be assigned.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information obtained during performance of duties;

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. 


Knowledge of:

  • Training management, personnel policies and procedures;
  • Municipal police administration and organization, maintenance of confidential files, principles of law enforcement;
  • Knowledge of department rules and regulations;
  • State, federal and local laws;
  • City ordinances; and
  • General knowledge of police tactics and techniques.

 Skill/Abi1ity to:

  • Supervise, train, and motivate employees;
  • Interpret laws and policies, maintain a high level of confidentiality, demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication; and 
  • Prepare concise and accurate reports.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools listed above; reach with arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell;
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus; 
  • Employee frequently works in outside weather conditions; Employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat and vibrations.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; and
  • Required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments including protective footwear, marked by the manufacturer.

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