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Training and Recruiting Division

Now Hiring Police Officers and Telecommunicators!

Uncertified Patrolman $25.47 per hour

Uncertified Telecommunicator $22.14 per hour

 Lateral Transfers/Certified Patrolman $28.66 – $36.09 per hour based on years of service

Lateral Transfers/Certified Telecommunicator $24.91 – $29.89 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.

– December 13, 2021 and January 10, 2022- Testing will begin promptly at 0815 hours at the Carlsbad Police Department. ** In adherence with COVID protocols: temperature checks will be performed, face coverings and social distancing will be strictly enforced. 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: **
Recruiting in El Paso, Texas: We are coming back!! We are so exited to relaunch our “One Stop” recruiting efforts that will include participation in a Reliant Hiring Solutions Law Enforcement Hiring Expo at Marriot El Paso Hotel, 1600 Airway Blvd. on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. We will also visit Cielo Vista Mall on Thursday, December 2, 2021 and Friday, December 3, 2021, please stop by and ask questions and fill out an application while you’re there! Get ready, stay ready! 
Telecommunicator Test
-December 6, 2021- Telecommunicator testing will begin promptly at 0900 hours and is held at the City of Carlsbad Library Annex located at 101 S. Halagueno.
– Please contact Human Resources at 575-887-1191 to schedule your typing test.  You are required to wear a face mask and follow all city safety protocols to enter City Hall. Please contact any of the persons listed below for more details about the Telecommunicator selection process.
**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 Richard Cage                    575.885.2111 ext. 2202

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



2020 Wage Scale

2021 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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