Thank you for your interest in the Roswell Police Department. We are committed to providing our community with highly qualified and motivated law enforcement professionals who have a genuine desire to serve and protect our community. The safety and protection of every citizen and visitor within the city limits falls to the responsibility of the Roswell Police Department. It is an assignment we take seriously, and with great pride.
If you are looking for a law enforcement career where you can excel as part of an organization that respects values, ethics, professionalism, and those we serve, I encourage you to apply to join our ranks. At the Roswell Police Department, we operate as a team and highly value each member of our team.
The staff of the Roswell Police Department is proud to provide this information to enable you to get a "snap shot" of our agency. You are invited to come to our agency to look us over and ask questions. I encourage you to come ride with us, see what we have to offer, and become a part of a progressive, innovative, and highly professional law enforcement organization.
A career with the Roswell Police Department is like no other job or experience. If offers excitement, a sense of accomplishment, job satisfaction, teamwork, opportunities for growth with promotion and excellent salary and benefits.
POLICE OFFICER SALARY: The Roswell Police Department hires non-certified Police Recruits and certified Police Officers. To apply, you must be at least 20 years of age and turn 21 by the time you complete the state academy for your certification. Upon certification as Law Enforcement Officers by the State of New Mexico and receipt in Human Resources, a Police Recruit will promote to Police Officer. The employee will then receive step increases per the collective bargaining agreement. Police Officers also receive compensation for court time, and training outside of normal duty hours. For detailed monetary compensation/benefits, please visit www.roswell-nm.gov/. or contact the City of Roswell Human Resources office (575-637-6268).
TRAINING: Non-certified applicants who are accepted for employment with the RPD will be sent to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe for certification. The non-certified officer must be certified within one year of the date of hire. Applicants who are certified in another state may be considered for the abbreviated certification process at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. Employees who are hired and who attend the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy do so at the expense of the City of Roswell and are paid and receive benefits while at the academy. For more information regarding training please contact the Training/Recruiting Officer at 575-624-6770 ext. 108.
MASTER TRACK: This program offers additional financial compensation for those who meet the criteria of having job-related college course credits from an accredited school or a combination of military service and college credits. The program enables those who meet the eligibility requirements – which also include meeting certain physical agility and medical standards – to earn up to an additional 8 percent per hour on top of base pay. College tuition reimbursement is also possible as part of the program. Master Track I requires 60 college credits of job-related course hours or three years of full-time military service and 30 college credits. Eligibility begins after seven years of continuous service with the department. Master Track II requires 120 college credits of job-related course hours or three years of full-time military service and 90 college credits. Eligibility begins after three years of continuous service with the department.
ANNUAL UNIFORM ALLOWANCE: Please refer to the Training/Recruiting Officer (575-624-6770 ext. 108), or City of Roswell Human Resources (575-637-6268).
TAKE-HOME CARS: Officers who live within the city are permitted to take their car home, as well as, use them off-duty (with limited exceptions per policy).
HEALTH INSURANCE: Coverage is provided by various companies as indicated in the State of New Mexico, Risk Management guidelines. The employees cost for the insurance premium depends on the health plan selected. Employees may choose to enroll eligible dependents which includes lawful spouse and/or unmarried natural, adopted or stepchildren children. Extended family members are not eligible under any circumstances. The employee and dependents are provided medical and prescription cards which can be used at participating pharmacies. The amount of co-pays for doctors’ visits and other medical services depends on the health plan selected. The employees’ coverage will be in effect the first of the month following the completion of 30 days of employment. A more complete explanation of coverage is available from the Human Resources Insurance Clerk at the City Hall Insurance Office (575-637-6268).
RETIREMENT: The City of Roswell is a member of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). All City employees except full-time students and temporary employees must be a member of PERA as a condition of employment. Police personnel contribute a portion of their salary for retirement and the City contributes an additional portion. For detailed PERA information, contact the City of Roswell Human Resources Office at 575-637-6268.
MILITARY LEAVE, VACATION PAY, SICK LEAVE, LONGEVITY PAY, SPECIAL PAY, EDUCATIONAL PAY: Please refer to the City of Roswell Human Resources office (575-637-6268).
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM: The Roswell Police Department has a limited tuition assistance/reimbursement program. The Roswell Police Department values education and those personnel who want educate themselves. When staffing permits, employees may attend college courses while on duty.
WORK SCHEDULE: With the exception of the executive staff, all sworn personnel work a compressed workweek (four 10-hour shifts). Personnel assigned to The Patrol Division will bid for shifts and days by senority in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
ADDITIONAL: For all other questions/concerns you may contact the Training/Recruiting Officer (575-624-6770 ext. 108), or the City of Roswell Human Resources office (575-637-6268).