Utah Geography

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 www.santafecountynm.gov 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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