CITY OF FARMINGTON
JOB POSITION #32: LATERAL POLICE OFFICER
NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 1+
WORK LOCATION: Farmington Police Department
PAY CLASS: PU1
HIRING RANGE: $23.2560 - $30.8260 - DOE
DAYS WORKED: Varied
HOURS WORKED: Varied
TYPE OF POSITION: Regular, Full-Time, Shift
POSITION CLOSES: Open Until Filled
You will receive emails regarding all processes and purchasing
of study materials as you apply please thoroughly read any and all
emails and follow the instructions.
All appropriate certifications MUST be uploaded with
In order to qualify with the City of Farmington as a Lateral
Police Officer, you must be a certified law enforcement officer in
the State of New Mexico or eligible for Certification by Waiver in
the State of New Mexico.
Lateral Police Officers will be eligible for a $5,000 hiring
bonus ($1,000 upon hire, $2,000 upon completion of Field Training
Program and final $2,000 upon successful completion of probationary
You must submit the following documents when applying for
Lateral Police Officer:
- Completed City of Farmington Application
- Copies of all advanced law enforcement training hours
- Course curriculum from the academy you attended
- Please send a syllabus or class schedule that lists the names
of all classes and the amount of hours for each class.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKETS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Required to perform shift work which may include days, evenings,
and nights including weekends and holidays.
Works on performing security patrols, traffic control,
investigation and first aid at accidents, detection, investigation
and arrest of persons involved in crimes or misconduct.
Works an assigned shift using own judgment in deciding course of
action being expected to handle difficult and emergency situations
Maintains normal availability by radio or telephone to respond
to police matters.
Carries out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County,
and City laws and ordinances.
Patrols City streets, parks, commercial and residential areas to
preserve the peace and enforce the law, control vehicular traffic,
prevent or detect and investigate misconduct involving
misdemeanors, felonies and other law violations; and to otherwise
serve and protect.
Responds to emergency radio calls and investigates accidents,
robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights,
drunkenness, missing children, prowlers, abuse of drugs, etc. Takes
appropriate law enforcement action.
Interrogates suspects, witnesses and drivers. Preserves
evidence. Arrests or cites violators. Investigates and renders
assistance at scene of vehicular accidents. Summons ambulances and
other law enforcement vehicles. Takes measurements and draws
diagrams of scene.
Conducts follow-up investigations of crimes committed during
assigned shift. Seeks out and questions victims, witnesses and
suspects. Develops leads and tips. Searches scene of crimes for
clues. Evaluates evidence and arrests offenders. Prepares cases for
giving testimony and testifies in court proceedings.
Prepares a variety of reports such as offense/incidents, field
interrogation cards, DWI, towed vehicle, and accident reports.
Undertakes community oriented police work, and assists citizens
with such matters as stalled vehicles, crime prevention, drug
abuse, traffic and bicycle safety, etc.
Participates in investigating criminal law violations occurring
within the City limits, obtaining evidence and compiling
information regarding these crimes, preparing cases for filing
charges, testifying in court, and related activities.
Conducts patrol activities including directing traffic,
investigation of reported or observed violations of law, and
conduction patrol activities.
Coordinates activities with other officers or other City
departments as needed, exchanges information with officers in other
law enforcement agencies, and obtains advice from the City Attorney
or district attorney's office regarding cases, policies and
procedures as needed and assigned.
Maintains contact with police supervisory personnel to
coordinate investigation activities, provide mutual assistance
during emergency situations and provides general information about
Using excellent customer service skills establishes and
maintains effective working relationships with other employees,
officials, and all members of the general public.
Operates a motor vehicle to carry out the business of the
department and the City.
Attendance at work is an essential function of this
Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal
computer using standard or customized software applications
appropriate to assigned tasks.
Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new
skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information
Maintains departmental equipment, supplies and facilities.
Maintains contact with general public, court officials, and
other City officials in the performance of police operating
May serve as a member of various employee committees.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of
the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of
specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the
position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to
This position is subject to the City of Farmington's Drug and
Alcohol Testing Policy which includes, pre-employment testing,
post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion
testing, return to duty testing, and follow-up testing.
Extensive background checks required.
Felony convictions and disqualifying criminal histories are not
Must not have used any illegal drugs within the past three
Must be of good moral character and of temperate and industrious
Must be a United States Citizen.
Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment.
Must have completed 669 law enforcement training hours (Academy
Training, Advanced Training, or combination of both).
Must have ability to become a certified law enforcement officer
in the State of New Mexico within one year.
Must have all advanced certificates available for review.
Must submit a copy of course curriculum from police academy
Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid New
Mexico driver's license with acceptable driving record for past
Must be able to read and write the English language.
Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
Ability to learn the applicable laws, ordinances and department
rules and regulations.
Ability to perform work requiring good physical condition.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with subordinates, peers and supervisors.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and
in making decisions.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
Ability to learn the City's geography.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Ability to operate a police car, police radio, radar gun,
handgun and other weapons as required, straight baton, handcuffs,
breathalyzer, cell phone, on-board video camera, first aid
equipment and chemical agent. Extensive use of computers for
dispatching, reporting and communicating is required.
Must be able to frequently lift and/or move heavy objects or
persons. Specific vision abilities required by this job include
close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision
depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to sit, stand, talk and hear. Must be able to use
hands and fingers to feel objects or controls. Must be able to
climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, run and physically
subdue combative subjects.
The employee is required to perform shift work which may include
days, evenings, and nights including weekends and holidays.
Written exam; oral board interview; psychological examinations
(both written and oral); polygraph examination; medical
examination; and extensive background investigation.
The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
Work is performed inside/outside in all types of weather
The noise level in the work environment is moderate.
WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, M/F.