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    Police Officer
    City of Farmington, New Mexico
    800 Municipal Dr
    Farmington, NM 87401
    e-mail: [email protected] www.farmington.nm.us

    Starting Salary: $33,841 to $35,516
    Population: 40,000
    Sworn Officers: 102
    Application Deadline: 3/1/02


    The Farmington Police Department is a progressive, nationally accredited agency, dedicated to providing community oriented police services. The department strives to maintain the professional standards which have established it as a leader in law enforcement in New Mexico. Divided into various Divisions such as Patrol, Detectives, and Administration, the Department proactively responds to community concerns through several community based programs. 155 people are employed by the department, 106 of which are sworn officers. Benefits such as 20 year retirement, four-day work week, take home cars, generous vacation and sick leave, and educational incentives make Farmington Police Department an excellent employment opportunity.

    The Police Department building is a two story structure which also houses the Municipal Court. An exercise room with free weights, Cybex weight machines, aerobic machines such as tread mills, and stepper are provided for the employees 24 hours a day. Separate locker rooms offer full-length lockers and showers.


    Prior to assuming an assignment to the Patrol Division, uncertified officers will attend a local 20 week academy. The academy is operated with the cooperation of San Juan College. Cadets receive college credit while attending the academy. After successful graduation, cadets will undergo a 14 week Field Training Program before being released for solo duty. Applicants who currently hold officer certification, either in New Mexico or another state, may be eligible for lateralentry.


    Successful graduates from the recruit academy are assigned to the Patrol Division. Police Officers have responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crimes, apprehension of criminals, and enforcement of laws and ordinances. The Police Department utilizes Community Policing and problem solving in providing services.

    Field Training Officer
    School Resource Officer
    Motor Officer
    Accident Reconstruction Expert
    Technical Investigator
    Bomb Technicians
    Special Response Team/Hostage Negotiator
    Crime Scene Technician
    Narcotics Officer
    Community Officer
    K-9 Officer
    Bike Patrol Officer

    General Eligibility Requirements

    An applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements as provided in the
    NMSA 29-7-6 and 4-41-10.

    1. Be a citizen of the U.S.
    2. Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent.
    3. Hold a valid driver's license.
    4. Has not been convicted or pled guilty to or entered a plea of no contest to any felony charge or, within the 3-year period immediately preceding his/her application, to any violation of any federal or state law, or local ordinance relating to aggravated assault, theft, driving while intoxicated, controlled substances or other crime involving moral turpitude and has not been released or discharged under dishonorable conditions from any armed forces of the United States.
    5. Is free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect their performance as a law enforcement officer or prohibit them from successfully completing prescribed basic law enforcement training required by the Law Enforcement Training Act.
    6. Is of good moral character.
    7. Has met any other requirements for certification prescribed by the Board pursuant to regulations adopted by the Board.
    8. Must be 21 years of age by the date of hire.

    Physical Ability
    Oral Board Interview
    Psychological Examination
    Medical Examination
    Background Investigation
    Application Process

    Applications shall be sent to the:
    City of Farmington
    Personnel Department
    800 Municipal Dr.
    Farmington, NM 87401.

    Applicants will be notified by mail of the next test date. Testing is held on a regular basis. To obtain an application write to the Personnel Department at the above address or call: 505-599-1132 or toll fee 1-800-483-0758. Download one of our applications for employment


    To be eligible for the lateral pay plan, applicants must be certified or certifiable in New Mexico with at least two years continuous law enforcement experience. Lateral testing is done on a continuous basis.


    March 16 & 18, 2002. A pplications must be received by March 1, 2002.


    An Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F.


    Non-certified recruits start at $2,820/mo. base; lateral officers at $2,959/mo. base. Top out base pay is $3,394/mo. plus cost of living adjustments. After top out, Officers receive 0.5% increases per year as longevity pay.


    Twenty year retirement. Officers retire at 70% of their high three-year average at any age after 20 years; 80% at 22 years and 10 months.

    Uniforms and equipment furnished by the City.

    Educational incentive - officers who have earned college credits receive additional monthly pay of $1.67 per credit up to 75 credits, $125.00/mo for a two year degree, $167.00/mo for a four year degree and $209/mo. for a master's degree.

    Take home vehicles to residences within 15 miles of the City.
    Work Schedule - four 10 hour days, three days off.

    Retirement: Public Employment Retirement Association - PERA member's contribution - 16.3%; City's contribution - 18.5%.

    Health insurance - Medical, Self Funded, City pays 73%, employees pay 27% over 26 biweekly pay periods (family coverage available). Includes dental and vision.

    Life insurance - City provides policy which pays amount of annual salary rounded up to the closest $5,000 to the surviving beneficiary. Up to $45,000 Supplemental Life Insurance available.

    Continuing education - tuition assistance may be provided by the city with reimbursement paid according to final grade received.Vacation leave - 160 hours per year to start.

    Sick leave - 96 hours per year.

    Overtime - paid at time and one-half after 40 hours.

    Deferred compensation payroll deduction available.

    Additional pay stipends are offered to Detectives, Special Response Team members, and Field Training Officers.
    Kevin Woodside
    The Blue Line: Police Opportunity Monitor Newsletter, Publisher

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