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, State of New Mexico, the ordinances of the City of Alamogordo, and established police regulations.
 Recruitment Qualifications:
Required:
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Must be at least 21 years of age on the date of application;
  • Valid New Mexico Drivers License or the ability to obtain within sixty (60) days of employment: with a good driving record acceptable to the City of Alamogordo;
  • Must live within twenty (20) miles of Alamogordo City limits within one (1) year of hire;
  • 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 pas police officer entry level written examination;
  • Must successfully pass a medical exam and drug screening test that meet physical requirements, psychological exam, a polygraph test, a hearing test, eye test and thorough background investigation; and
  • Ability to obtain certification from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy within one year of employment.
 Essential Duties:
  • 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; makes court appearances relating to traffic violations and citations
  • Participates in daily meetings and briefings to disseminate information regarding current operational status; shares information and documents with other divisions within the department and with other law enforcement agencies
  • Prepares law enforcement, and traffic, incident/crash reports;  completes paperwork and necessary reports associated with offenses and arrests; enters data into the computer system
  • Possess a good 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 and questioning witnesses and victims
  • Investigating 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; 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
  • 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
  • Maintains 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
  • Contributes to a high quality work culture through participation in training and mentoring to develop skills, including safety related training and skills
  • Performs other duties as assigned
*The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of wok 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. 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of:

  •     Criminal and civil law;
  •     Departmental rules and regulations;
  •     Investigation and crime prevention methods;
  •     Identification records processes and procedures; and
  •     First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures.
 Skill/Ability to:
  • Safely use vehicles, firearms, and specialized equipment;
  • Operate a computer to prepare records and reports;
  • Apply criminal investigative techniques;
  • Operate intoxilyzer; control traffic and accident scenes;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other law enforcement agencies, city attorneys office, other departmental employees, community and school organizations, and the general public;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication;
  • Maintain accurate records or reports;
  • Maintain appropriate necessary certifications; and
  • Demonstrate and maintain physical endurance, agility, dexterity, and strength necessary to perform required duties.
 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. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The 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 vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Alamogordo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 

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