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Training and Recruiting Division

Now Hiring Police Officers and Telecommunicators!


Uncertified Patrolman: $26.24 per hour.

Uncertified Telecommunicator: $22.81 per hour.

 Lateral Transfers/Certified Patrolman: $29.52 – $37.17 per hour based on years of service

Lateral Transfers/Certified Telecommunicator: $25.66 – $30.79 per hour based on years of service

Employment Application

Email application to

Police Officer Test Dates – Applicants will complete a fitness exam and written exam.

– October 14, 2022 and November 7, 2022- ** Testing will begin promptly at 0815 hours at the Carlsbad Police Department. Do not let this opportunity pass you by. Please ensure that your email address is listed on your application as you will receive correspondence required for testing.  Study Resources available at: Please be sure to show up in workout attire as dependent on the weather we may start with the physical assessment. **
– Recruiting in El Paso, Texas: We hope to back soon! Just as a reminder we have immediate openings for police officers. When we do return we will be doing a “ONE-STOP” recruiting event in El Paso at Cielo Vista Mall. Remember to look for us at to stop by our kiosk at the Cielo Vista Mall to ask questions and fill out your application to join our Carlsbad Police Department Family. As usual we will be administering our written and physical fitness tests, if the demand is present we can test the day of. Our written testing will be held at our hotel conference room and we will use a nearby athletic facility for our physical fitness assessment. Feel free to call us with your questions. Get ready, stay ready!                                                                                                              
 – Job Fair-  We have registered to attend the next Carlsbad Job Fair. Stop by, ask questions, and fill out an application to join the Carlsbad Police Department Family! It will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m., at the Pecos River Village Conference Center located at 711 Muscatel in Carlsbad, NM. We will have staff members available to meet with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Stop by fill out an application or submit an application online via the City of Carlsbad website. Get Ready! Stay Ready!                                                     
– Telecommunicator– **Testing**
– The selection process involves three (3) test phases. Each phase must be completed to be eligible for the next phase. You will be required to take the following three (3) test phases to be considered for employment as a Telecommunicator for the City of Carlsbad:
1. Typing Test
2. Telecommunicator Examination
3. Oral Interview
– The first phase in the selection process will be a typing test. The typing tests will be conducted at the Personnel Office, City Municipal Building, 101 N. Halagueno. The applications and the typing test must be submitted/completed no later than the deadline. Please call Mary Ann at 575-234-7942 to schedule your typing test. It is advisable that typing tests be scheduled as far in advance as possible of the deadline date to ensure availability of a test time prior to the deadline. The minimum passing score for this phase is 40 words per minute. The typing test must be completed and a passing score received to be eligible for the Telecommunicator examination.
– The second phase in the selection process will involve a written, entrance level Telecommunicator examination. The written examination will be a job specific test and will last approximately three (3) hours. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided. The test dates will soon be announced and will be conducted at the Carlsbad Public Library, 101 S. Halagueno. The minimum passing score for this phase is a score of 70. Those applicants completing the written test phase with a passing score will be eligible for the oral interview.
– Oral interviews for selected applicants will be scheduled at a later date.
– All applicants are required to bring the following items to each test site:
1. Current driver’s license with photo.
2. Social Security card.
**The selection process will be competitive. An eligibility list will be created based upon each applicant’s total test scores. Openings for Telecommunicator with the Carlsbad Police Department will be filled from this list.
Attendance and participation in each testing phase is mandatory for continued consideration for the position of Telecommunicator. Failure to attend any phase or failure to bring the required documentation will be considered a withdrawal of your application and your application will not be considered further for this position.**
**All  upcoming Police Officer and Telecommunicator testing are subject to change due to COVID**
                                                                                                                                                                                       Questions regarding employment may be directed to any of the following:                                                        

Sergeant Joshua Calder               575.885.2111 ext. 2277

Lieutenant Adrian Rivera                    575.885.2111 ext. 2236

Captain Jessie Rodriguez            575.885.2111 ext. 2221

Minimum Requirements (Police Officer)

Applicants must:

o   Be a minimum of 21 years of age

o   Be a citizen of the United States

o   Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent

o   Hold a valid driver’s license

o   Have not been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge. Arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

o   Have not been convicted of, pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a violation of any federal or state law or local ordinance relating to aggravated assault, theft or driving while intoxicated, controlled substances or other crime involving moral turpitude, within the three year period immediately preceding his application. Arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

o   Have not been discharged under dishonorable conditions from any of the armed forces of the United States


Selection Process (Police Officer)

o   Application

o   Written Exam-Applicants must score a 70% or better

o   Study guides can be purchased at the following Police Officer Selection Test

o   Successfully complete the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Fitness Entrance Standards. See fitness standards here

o   Sit-ups-a minimum of 27 repetitions in one minute

o   Push-ups-a minimum of 15 repetitions in one minute

o   1.5 mile run in 15:14 (minutes:seconds) or less

o   300 meter sprint in 71 seconds or less

o   Personal History Statement

o   Oral Board Interview

o   Background Investigation

o   Psychological Evaluation

o   Medical Examination and Drug Screening



2022 Wage Scale




Lateral Transfers

o Take-Home Vehicle Policy

o Hiring Incentive of $5,000 in which they will receive $3,500 up front immediately upon start date then they will receive the remaining $1,500 after the completion of their first year.

o   Sick Leave-Employees accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month

o   Paid Holidays-Employees receive 11 paid holidays per year

o   Retirement-Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA)-Police Officers can retire once they have achieved 25-years of service. Civilian employees can retire once they have achieved 30-years of service

o   Insurance- The City of Carlsbad pays 75% of the employee’s health insurance benefit

o   Pay Incentives

o   Education

Associates Degree           $1.00 per hour

Bachelor’s Degree           $2.00 per hour

Master’s Degree              $3.00 per hour

o   Bi-lingual Employees and Employees fluent in sign-language shall receive $0.60 per hour

o   Specialty Pay-Employees shall receive $0.60 per hour for the following specialties with a cap of $2.40 per hour:

SRT Members                                                Field Training Officers

Academy Certified Instructors                   Arson Investigators

Certified Hostage Negotiators                   Communication Training Officers

Polygraph Operator                                    Key Operator

Traffic Crash Reconstructionist                 Physical Fitness Instructor

Euthanasia Technician                                Crimes Against Children (ICAC)

Cruelty Investigator                                     Armorer

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)                  Child Safety Technician

Certified Crime Scene Investigator           TAC Officer

o   Equipment Allowance

o   $1,500 to new certified officers upon completion of their probationary period for the purchase of firearms, leather, handcuffs and other equipment and accessories.

o   $1,500 to officers hired as lateral transfers upon completion of their training period for the purchase of firearms, leather, handcuffs and other equipment and accessories.

o   Uniforms are provided by the Department and employees will receive the following wages for uniform upkeep and equipment replacement.

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