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August 1, 2017
Mayor, Police Chief Call Issue Call for Applicants to Santa Fe Police Department



Mayor, Police Chief Call Issue Call for Applicants to Santa Fe Police Department


19 Vacancies on Police Force mean job opportunities for locals and laterals, chance to serve community


August 1, 2017

Contact: Matt Ross, (505) 955-6045, [bot protected email address]

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales and Police Chief Patrick Gallagher are asking Santa Feans and others looking for rewarding careers serving the community to apply for one of 19 available positions as a police officer.

Mayor Gonzales said, “There’s a lot more to wearing the badge than many people know – we’re building a community police force, and asking officers to work directly with our neighborhoods and businesses for a safe and tightly-knit community. We ask our police officers to be there for us in some of our most tragic moments and at some of our biggest celebrations – and we’re looking for a few good men and women to answer the call.”


Chief Gallagher said, “Our frontline officers make up a hard-working team that cares about the community. On any given day, our officers might help a homeless person access services, get a victim of domestic violence into a safer environment, work with people struggling with addiction avoid jail and get treatment in the LEAD program, and talk to kids in Santa Fe schools about staying on the right track. It’s a job that demands a diverse and skilled team, and we’re looking for dedicated public servants to join it.”


Santa Fe Police Officers start at $19.11 per hour, and can quickly move up from there to as much as $27.11 per hour for non-command staff positions based on years of service, specialization and experience. Successful cadets will join the state’s PERA Retirement Plan and have access to a range of benefits that include an education incentive, specialty pay, take-home vehicles, excellent healthcare and dental insurance, and bonus pay for bilingual officers, to name a few.  Lateral transfers have an added incentive of 40 hours of annual leave and 40 hours of sick leave that will be awarded as soon as they are hired.

These 19 positions are open to both new cadets and lateral transfers, with minimum qualifications that include:



  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • No felony convictions or crimes of moral turpitude
  • A valid license
  • US Citizen at least 21 years of age upon completion of the academy


  • Law Enforcement Experience
  • New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification or Certification by Waiver for out of state applicants


The selection process includes a physical fitness involving push-ups, sit-ups, a 1.5-mile timed run and a 300-meter timed sprint. From there candidates will participate in a written exam, an oral interview, a background check, a polygraph test, a drug and psychological screening, a medical evaluation and, finally, an interview with the Chief of Police and Command Staff.

These positions are open until filled, and more information is available at








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