Employment Status: Full-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Experience Required: None

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent.

Department: Law Enforcement

Direct Supervisor: Patrol Lieutenant

Supervisory Responsibility: Direct (0); Indirect (0)

Primary Work Location: Work primarily on patrol in the County.

Certification: This position requires a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.  Possession of a current Certificate of Law Enforcement issued by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.



Job Summary: To perform a variety of responsible law enforcement and crime prevention work and to patrol assigned areas, answer calls and complaints, and investigate crimes.




Essential Job Functions


An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:


  • Perform the full range of patrol duties; protect life and property; enforce all state statutes and County ordinances that apply, check suspicious vehicles and persons; assist other agencies as necessary.
  • Respond to a variety of emergency and non-emergency calls, including traffic, assault/domestic situations, burglary/larceny, child abuse/rape, bar fights/disturbances, homicide/accidental death, natural death, drug interdiction, and white-collar crimes.
  • Maintain awareness of appropriate procedures as it relates to crimes, including arrest, jail bookings, defensive tactics, pursuit driving, road blocks, urgent calls, domestic violence, citations, and related procedures.
  • Perform search and investigation activities involving interviewing suspects and victims, applying for search and arrest warrants, affidavits, and investigating cases.
  • Perform routine crime scene investigations; collect evidence at a crime scene, take photographs and draw diagrams, retain latent and patent fingerprints, prepare evidence for court, make court appearances and testify in court.
  • Investigate arson calls, secure crime scenes, collect evidence, determine cause and manner, and follow up as necessary.
  • Perform a variety of community service type functions, including delivering subpoenas, summons, warrants, and writs, transport prisoners, and serve as court security; assist with animal control functions necessary.
  • Render first aid as necessary; assess injuries and determine appropriate treatment within first aid guidelines and procedures.
  • Coordinate and maintain effective relationships with the public, other law enforcement agencies, and other outside agencies, coordinate with Federal Law Enforcement, make school and other civic appearances.
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints.
  • Other duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) for Position

An employee in this class must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities upon application:



  • Procedures, methods and techniques in law enforcement patrol, traffic control, crime prevention, investigations, apprehension, civil process, and arrest.
  • Principles and practices of search and seizure and preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases.
  • Types of narcotics, other controlled substances, and paraphernalia.
  • First aid principles and practices.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and report writing Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Thorough understanding of the County’s functions, policies, and procedures.



  • Strong written and oral communications and relational skills.
  • Public relations and customer service.
  • Follow and relay complex oral and written instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Operate a variety of office equipment, including computer terminal, related software programs, printer, calculator, fax, and copier.
  • Enforce federal, state, local laws, and departmental regulations.
  • Use of firearms.
  • Administer procedures to be used in emergency situations.



  • Serve in a law enforcement capacity in a responsible and effective manner, often under difficult and stressful situations.
  • Observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents and places.
  • Proper use and care of firearms.
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries of the general public.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Exercise sound judgement and rational thinking under normal and dangerous circumstances.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Physical Demands

The following physical abilities are required:

  • Subduing, resisting individual
  • Chasing fleeing subject
  • Running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations.
  • Moving equipment and injured/deceased persons in weights, 30 pounds to excess of 100 pounds.
    • Climbing stairs/ladders.
    • Performing life-saving and rescue procedure.
    • Walking, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time.
    • Operating assigned police equipment and vehicle.
  • Effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to:
    • Armed/dangerous person.
    • Communicable diseases.
  • Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
    • Making observations
    • Communications with others
    • Reading and writing
    • Operating assigned equipment and vehicle


Work Environment

Work in routine patrol or emergency environment; work in intense life-threatening conditions; exposure to dangerous persons, firearms, bodily fluids, and noise; may be exposed to emergency and disaster situations; may work in stressful situations.


Safety Requirements

The employee is expected to follow all safety procedures as required.


**This position description is a general guideline for work behavior and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all job duties.  Therefore, it is also not, nor can it be implied to be, a contract of employment.  The contents of this position description may be changed without notice, and employment may be terminated by either party, at will.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

How to Apply:

Complete and return application to:
        Otero County Administration Office
        1101 New York Ave
        Alamogordo, NM 88310


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