APD Trainee Police Officer

Posted: 06/19/2022



The Police Officer has general Police responsibility necessary for the safety and good order of the community through enforcement of the constitution and laws of the United States of America, the State of New Mexico, the ordinances of the City of Alamogordo, and established police regulations.

The hourly rate advertised represents the entry-level rate of pay for a non-certified Officer.  Once certified through the NM Law Enforcement Academy the rate of pay will increase to $21.12 per hour.
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.

Recruitment Qualifications


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Must be at least 21 years of age on the date of application; 
  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s License or the ability to obtain within sixty (60) days of employment; with a good driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo; 
  • Must not have any felony convictions, domestic violence or DWI convictions, or any other convictions for crimes indicating lack of character or moral turpitude;
  • Must be a United States Citizen;
  • Must successfully pass police officer physical agility testing within the specified time limits; 
  • Must successfully pass police officer entry level written examination;
  • Must successfully pass a medical exam that meet physical requirements, a drug screening test, a psychological exam, a polygraph test or a voice stress analysis, a hearing test, an eye test and a thorough background investigation; and
  • Ability to obtain certification from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy within one year of employment.

Essential Duties

Essential Duties
  • Required to successfully complete pre-academy training;
  • Recruits will be scheduled to attend the Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe, for      a period of up to sixteen (16) weeks;
  • At the academy, recruits will study law enforcement and investigative techniques,       as well as participating in a strenuous physical conditioning program;
  • Upon successful completion of the academy, Police Officers will then be assigned  to a Field Training Officer for a minimum of three (3) months;
  • Responds to emergency, non-emergency and routine calls; patrols City, arrests criminal suspects, issues citations, serves warrants, subpoenas, civil papers, and other legal documents promptly and accurately; 
  • Patrols City with emphasis on traffic safety, assisting public (stranded motorists, providing directions, providing aid to those in danger of physical harm), answering complaints, safeguarding property, and enforcing laws and ordinances;
  • Identifies criminal offenders and criminal activity and where appropriate, apprehend offenders and participate in subsequent court proceedings to testify and provide expert opinion; 
  • Participates in daily meetings and briefings to disseminate information regarding current operational status with other divisions within the department and with other law enforcement agencies;
  • Prepares law enforcement reports associated with offenses and arrests and enters data into the computer system;
  • Responsible for knowledge of City geography, physical conditions, street names, numbers, locations, and other matters affecting response to a call for service;
  • Performs vehicle, personnel, and property identification checks;
  • Assists in planning and implementation of activities involving department training;
  • Investigates crimes including securing crime scene, performing surveillance, preparing required documentation, collecting evidence, questioning witnesses and victims;
  • Investigate crashes and traffic complaints;
  • Provides security and escort during special events, funerals, parades, fairs, and wide loads;
  • 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; 
  • 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;
  • Responds to, participates in, and trains for aircraft emergencies, personnel rescue and evacuation;
  • Conducts prisoner transport to courts and detention facilities;
  • Conducts preliminary first aid and CPR procedures prior to EMS arrival;
  • Conducts mediation for landlord/tenant, domestic relation, and customer/retailer disputes;
  • Responsible for maintaining current knowledge and training on firearms, radars, breathalyzers, and law enforcement ordinances and procedures;
  • Maintains vehicles, weapons, equipment, and the building, in a professional, functional, and presentable condition; performs minor department facility, vehicle, and equipment repairs;
  • Assists with community relations projects including the implementation of programs that increase public awareness of police operations and procedures;
  • Provides safety and security services and related functions at various public and private schools as outlined in APD Rules and Regulations;
  • Provides station duties including receiving walk-in calls and citizen inquiries, security of the records area, coordination of the Intoxilyzer Key Operators, coordinates with other departmental components and other agencies regarding court appearance and CYFD referrals;
  • Assists City ambulance contractor in lifting and moving patients and renders first aid to injured persons;
  • Responsible for Professional Standards outlined in the Canon of Ethics;
  • May participate on special assignments as designated by Alamogordo Police Chief;
  • May provide courtroom security;
  • Contributes to a high-quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills; 
  • Provides excellent customer service to ensure high operational and service standards are met and maintained for the Citizens of Alamogordo; and
  • Perform duties according to City of Alamogordo Ordinances; City wide and Departmental Policies and Procedures, and any applicable Laws regulated by an outside authority.
  • Performs such other related duties as may be assigned; and
  • Will be required to work variable shifts including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays; and
  • 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. 

Work Environment

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. 

  • Regular exposure to uncooperative, hostile, or violent persons;
  • Exposure to injured or ill persons;
  • May be required to use defensive tactics and weapons;
  • 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; run: use hands to handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools listed above, reach with hands and 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 when moving police equipment, stretchers and bodies, and various items at accident scenes; the lifting of any object greater than fifty (50) pounds by a single individual is prohibited. Lifting objects, materials, or equipment weighing more than fifty (50) pounds require the buddy system or the use of devices designed to assist with lifting or moving. Proper lifting techniques shall be used when lifting items of any weight;
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus;
  • The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; hazardous traffic conditions; with explosives; and
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


City Of Alamogordo
1376 E 9th St

Alamogordo, New Mexico, 88310