Mission Statement & Department Overview

The Roswell Police Department conducts policing operations and provides equal protection of the law to all persons within the framework of the United States and New Mexico Constitutions. The Roswell Police Department investigates all criminal matters and brings forth before the courts all violators of the law, assisting in the prosecution of those matters. The Roswell Police Department serves the community to ensure public safety, outreach and support to the community.  RPD includes a Criminal investigations Division, Patrol, Internal Affairs, Special Investigations, Support Services, SWAT, Traffic Division and a K9 unit.  


The Roswell Police Department is actively recruiting new officers and transfers. We are looking for bright, energetic men and women who are up to the challenge to be their best. In return, you'll get the satisfaction of protecting our community - and a sense of pride that will last a lifetime.


We are a full-service law enforcement agency dedicated to providing the highest level of service possible to our community. Our department is made up of a team of men and women dedicated to serving the needs of the community, providing police services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In an average year, there are more than 60,000 events involving police response (calls for service plus officer-initiated activities) handled by the police department.  

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Roswell Police Department to provide equal protection under the law to all people. In doing so, RPD conducts policing operations within the framework of the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of New Mexico. RPD strives to treat everyone with dignity and respect, to investigate all criminal matters and bring before the courts all violators of the law and assist in their prosecution.

Quote from the "Father of Modern Policing"

“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

- Robert Peel, British statesman known as the father of modern policing