Deputy Sheriff Lateral / Cadet


Salary Information
Entry Level Salary: Academy Graduate: Lateral:
Job Description

++Performs a full range of Law Enforcement duties to protect life and property through the enforcement of State and Federal Laws by:++

Investigating motor vehicle crashes, crimes against property, and violent crimes

Performs traffic control duties and traffic code enforcement to include issuing citations

Conducts crime prevention activities to include community events

Operating vehicles in routine and emergency situations

Receiving training in report preparation and other general police paperwork

Testify in court in relation to all cases handled

Must learn how to use specialized equipment, such as firearms, communication equipment, and computers

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with co-workers, other law enforcement, and the general public

Ability to meet deadlines with strict time constraints

Under close supervision, Deputies perform routine residential and commercial patrols in rural and urban areas of Santa Fe County

For further job description information go to under Sheriff Deputy Cadet or Sheriff Deputy Lateral job description(s) in the PDF file

Additional Information

Work is performed inside and outside, sometimes in inclement weather conditions

May be subject to cuts, bruises, scrapes, burns, broken bones, insect and/or animal bites, germs, bacteria, viruses, environmental allergens, gases and fumes, and any other injuries that could be associated with your duties as a Deputy Sheriff

May require demanding physical exertion under vigorous and unusual conditions

Irregular work hours, nights, weekends, holidays, and on-call duty may be required

++Career Opportunities:++

Patrol Division

Bike Team

Criminal Investigations Division (Detective)

Traffic/DWI Division

Community Support Services/Civil Division

Narcotics Agent(s)

S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics)

Field Training Officer (FTO)


Traffic Homicide Team

Warrants/Fugitive Division

Court services

K-9 Handler

Honor Guard

Motorcycle Traffic Unit

Job Requirements
Age: Age 21yrs old (Cadet) & Lateral- No Restrict Education: HS Diploma or Equivalent Experience: None (Cadet) & Credit up to 4yrs (Lateral)

Must have a record clear of any felony convictions or crimes involving moral turpitude

Must have a good driving record. Must possess a valid class D New Mexico driver’s license. If an applicant currently possesses an out of state driver’s license he/she must obtain a New Mexico driver’s license within six (6) weeks after graduating the NMDPS Academy or gaining lateral employment.

Must be 21 years of age upon completion of the NMDPS Academy

Must be a United States citizen and establish New Mexico residency within six (6) months of hire date.

Must successfully pass, a written examination (Lateral and cadet), a series of physical agility tests (Cadet only), an oral interview, a complete background investigation, a psychological examination as to whether the candidate is free of any mental or emotional condition which might adversely affect performance (Cadet and Out of State Lateral) – In State Certified Lateral does not need a psychological exam).

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Group wants to create apartments for artists

A unique partnership of housing advocates, artisans, finance and community groups will go before the Santa Fe City Council on Wednesday seeking support — including donation of city land worth about $1.5 million — for building an apartment complex aimed at those working in Santa Fe’s creative industries.

After years of study, the group is pushing for development of what it calls an Arts and Creativity Center on land off Siler Road that is part of the city-owned public works compound. The city’s housing and development office wants the city to donate five acres, part of 50 acres used for storage and public-works operations, where it proposes a 60-unit project, including 50 apartments for low-income renters.

The plan also calls for workshop space, an outdoor performance venue, small retail space and amenities such as a grant-writing library.

The project has backing from a nonprofit called Creative Santa Fe, the New Mexico Interfaith Housing Coalition, the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Afterhours Alliance. Planning grants also are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other financial support has come from the McCune Charitable Foundation, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, US Bank and private donors.

Daniel Werwath, project coordinator with the Interfaith Housing Coalition, said participants in a planning process considered several possible locations for the complex, including downtown and in the St. Michael’s Drive area, but decided that Siler makes the most sense.

Creative Santa Fe Director Cyndi Conn, who first got behind the project in 2011, said the housing complex would fit with the industrial character of Siler Road by offering a “makers space.” The housing could contribute to the emerging arts scene in an area that now has Meow Wolf, Adobe Rose Theater, Wise Fool New Mexico, micro brewers and coffee shops.

“It’s a perfect place in terms of the middle of the city right where there is art, technology and work spaces. There’s so much bubbling over,” she said. “We see really an industrial, hands-on maker, creative space, while helping young artists who really want to stay in Santa Fe.”

Werwath said the low-income U.S. Census tract along Siler would also give the project bonus points in qualifying for federal housing assistance.

He said the group has not spent money on architectural plans and won’t until it receives confirmation from the city that it is willing to donate the land. The issue is on the City Council agenda for 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Donation of the five acres is seen as a minimum threshold for public participation in the project, boosting the chances that the application can receive tax credits, said Alexandra Ladd, the city housing director.

Due to the shortage of affordable rental housing in Santa Fe, the city now has the highest ranking in the state for tax-credit-qualified construction projects. The U.S. Treasury awards credits each year based on population and income. The credits are sold to private companies to reduce their federal tax liabilities.

The program has become the primary funding tool for low-income housing around the United States.

Werwath said the estimated cost of the initial phase of the project is $15 million, with perhaps $8 million to $9 million available through the tax credit program and the remainder from a mortgage backed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that would be repaid with rental revenues.

But all those details depend on the city’s participation in the project, according to the letter from Ladd to the mayor and city councilors. The proposal has already passed through several city committees.

“Without at least a 10 percent municipal contribution, the project’s application is not likely to outscore other competitive projects,” the city housing director said. “The Arts Creativity Center as currently contemplated will not be constructed.”

In an economic impact analysis, the city valued the Siler Road land at $7 a square foot, or $1.5 million, for the parcel, which is adjacent to the Food Depot. Councilors could also be asked to approve waiver of impact and building review fees for an additional contribution.

Also at issue is what to do with the materials and equipment currently stored at the site. Cleanup, hauling of materials to another location and preparing that area could cost the city as much as $363,600, according to the analysis.

There are piles of road salt and slurry, for instance, and if those are moved, the city would need to install a new membrane to protect against any ground seepage.

Werwath said the design of the apartment complex would take into account any activity and noise on the site. He hopes this project can reach down to help those with 30 percent of the city’s median income, $13,600 for a single person in Santa Fe.

Ladd doesn’t expect those objections on Wednesday night as the apartment proposal would actually require a downzoning of property and ultimately improve the adjacent neighborhoods.

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Utah Geography

Renowned for its diverse landscape features, Utah has much to offer the nation. With arid deserts and sand dunes to thriving pine forests that are nestled in the rugged mountains, it also offers up plenty of plateaus and a great basin.

As one of the Four Corners States, Utah is bordered by Idaho to the North, The state of Wyoming to the North and to the East as well as Colorado to the East. It’s next to New Mexico at the Southeast and Arizona to the South and lastly, Nevada to the West.

A defining characteristic of the state is that there is such great variety in the terrain. If you don’t want to be in the mountains, just drive a short distance and you’ll find an entirely different terrain to enjoy.

With the Wasatch Rang rising to 12,000 feet above sea level, Utah boasts several renowned ski resorts that are ever popular thanks to the unique light and fluffy snow that winter storms dump on the area averaging anywhere from one to three feet in a night.

The Western base of the Wasatch Range is the Wasatch Front. This is a series of valley’s and of basins that are home to the most population in the entire state. Stretching from Brigham City to the north to Nephi at the South, there is approximately 75 percent of the state’s population in this area.

The Western area of Utah is made up mostly of an arid desert that boasts a basin and range topography. There are many smaller mountain ranges and rugged terrain that punctuate the area. The Bonneville Salt Flats are the only exception in that they are flat from a long ago ancient lake bed named Bonneville. There are many races and other events that are done at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

To the southern area, there is fascinating sandstone and the Colorado River offers up many tributaries that wind through the sandstone and create some striking as well as a terrain. Wind and rain have worked to sculpt the soft sandstone over millions of years and create beautiful arches, gullies, Canyons and more.

There are many great camp areas in this region and visitors flock to the area in the summer months to camp, hike and visit the various sandstone sights. Arches National Park offers a variety of unique experiences for everyone in the family to enjoy.