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Police Cadet

Company: City of Las Cruces
Location: Las Cruces
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Nature of Work

Temporary, fulltimenon-exempt position with the Las CrucesPolice Academy. Progression to fulltime, regular position upon successful completion of the Police Academy. Depending on the number of vacancies, some academy graduates may not be hired immediately butmay be placed on a waiting list.

Offering a $4,000 recruitment and retention incentive paymentwith a 36 month commitment.

Post Graduation Salary:$18.83 per hour as first year Police Officer Trainee.

Second Year Officer Salary:$22.94 per hour.

Under immediate supervision, actively participates in the Las Cruces Police Academy training program. Performs all related learning and testing activities at a training level for preparation as a Police Officer.

Must be free of felony convictions. Position is subject to extended work hours when necessary; multiple tasks; strict deadlines; and exposure to serious bodily harm. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.

Meeting or exceeding the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direct supervision of an experienced Police Officer, performs formal and informal training in the Las Cruces Police Academy training program.
  • Studies, attends classes, completes homework assignments, takes tests, and follows all instructions relative to the academy curriculum and behavior.
  • Attends indoor and outdoor classes and training sessions for preparation as a Police Officer.
  • Learns criminal law, arrest and control techniques, use of firearms, report writing, vehicle operation, First Aid, CPR, narcotics, crowd control, court room demeanor, public relations, patrol procedures, physical conditioning and training, and any other subjects included in the academy.
  • Performs tasks employing patrol methods, community relations, courtroom procedures, fingerprinting, report preparation, physical agility and strength formulation, and other police officer-related duties commensurate with attained skills.
  • May assist an Officer in patrolling assigned areas of the City in a car, bicycle, or on foot.
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City and Department policies, procedures, and safety practices.

Minimum Qualifications

Equivalent to a United States high school diploma; age 19 by start date of the police academy; United States citizenship (born or naturalized); no felony convictions; no DWI/DUI or misdemeanor convictions within the past three years (some misdemeanors will disqualify); no transportation of illegal drugs; drug usage may disqualify.

Valid driver's license is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy. Standard First Aid and CPR certification.


  1. Age 19 by start date of the police academy

  2. United States citizenship (born or naturalized)

  3. Valid driver's license

4.Valid high school diploma or equivalent (GED)

  1. No misdemeanor convictions within the last three (3) years

  2. No convictions of domestic violence

  3. No felony convictions

  4. Any drug usage within last three (3) years will disqualify

  5. Must not have ever transported illegal drugs

  6. Must not have a Dishonorable Discharge from the US Military

The position has a preference for a degree or a minimum of 65 college credit hours. Sealed official transcripts or notarized copy of diploma is required prior to preference being applied. These documents must be submitted at the background investigation phase of the hiring process.

Keywords: City of Las Cruces, Las Cruces , Police Cadet, Other , Las Cruces, New Mexico

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