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 of such certification by the city's Human Resources Department, 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 contact the City of Roswell Human Resources Department (575-637-6268).
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 academy. Employees who are hired and who attend the 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.
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% 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.
An additional $100 per month is paid to personnel in specialty divisions (those other than Patrol Division) after they have completed three years in the specialty division.
Educational: $100 a month for those with a bachelor's degree; $50 a month for those with an associate's degree. Bilingual: Those with proficiency in Spanish are compensated at $50 a month.
Uniforms and Equipment
The Roswell Police Department will provide all initial-issue uniform items to include a full complement of summer and winter uniforms, jackets and boots. An annual uniform allowance is also provided. Sworn personnel have their choice of a department-issued handgun (Glock 17 or 19) or the employee may wish to carry a personal firearm (in accordance with policy). Also available to each sworn member is an M4 patrol rifle, Remington 11-87 semi-automatic shotgun, Remington 870 SIMS weapon, X26 Taser, Pepperball launcher and a host of additional cutting-edge equipment to assist the officer in safely completing duties.
Officers who live within the city are permitted to take their cars home, as well as use them off-duty (with limited exceptions per policy).
Coverage is provided by various companies through the State of New Mexico Risk Management agency. The employee's cost for the insurance premium depends on the health plan selected. Employees may choose to enroll eligible dependents. The employee and dependents are provided medical cards, as well as prescription cards that 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 employee's 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 (575-637-6268).
The City of Roswell is a member of the state 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 Department (575-637-6268).
Military Leave, Vacation Pay, Sick Leave, Longevity Pay, Special Pay, Educational Pay
Please refer to the City of Roswell Human Resources Department (575-637-6268).
Tuition Reimbursement Program
The Roswell Police Department has a limited tuition assistance/reimbursement program. The department values education and those personnel who want to further their education.
With the exception of the executive staff, all sworn personnel work a compressed work week (four 10-hour shifts). Personnel assigned to the Patrol Division bid for shifts and days by seniority in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.
To address other questions, you may contact the Training/Recruiting Officer (575-624-6770 ext. 108) or the City of Roswell Human Resources Department (575-637-6268).