Sheriff’s Office Careers


Law Enforcement Positions

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is a community-oriented team of law enforcement professionals.  If you are a quality individual looking for long-term employment in a rewarding field, please apply today or contact our office.

Cadet Program: In order to qualify to become a deputy cadet, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. You must be able to pass a physical agility, background and a psychological test. You must also be at least 21 years of age by the time you complete the 16-week academy.

Lateral Program: Laterals must have at least one year of previous experience with a law enforcement agency. Lateral hires shall receive credit for the number of years they served as a law enforcement officer prior to joining Santa Fe County, with a minimum of two years and up to a maximum of five years of credit. Lateral hires will only receive credit for prior experience if they are certified by the State of New Mexico Department of Public Safety or receive certification by waiver through the State of New Mexico Department of Public Safety.

Bargaining unit lateral employees shall complete one year of continuous service with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office to be eligible for incentive positions (Investigations, SWAT, FTO, Fatal Team, Warrants).

Career Opportunities

  • Patrol Division
  • Criminal Investigations Division (Detective)
  • Traffic/DWI
  • Community Support Services/Civil Division
  • Narcotics Agent
  • S.W.A.T
  • Field Training Officer
  • Instructor
  • Traffic Accident Investigation Unit
  • Warrant/Fugitive Unit
  • Court Services
  • K-9 Handler
  • Honor Guard

Current Sheriff’s Office Job Opportunities »
Click the link above to view Santa Fe County’s job opportunities page, where Sheriff’s Office civilian and law enforcement jobs are posted.

How to Apply for Jobs »
Click the link above for online application, downloading manual application, pre-employment information/forms, and other valuable instructions/employment information.

Years of Service Pay Schedule

2018 PAY CHART 1 [PDF] »
2018 PAY CHART 2 [PDF] »

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Recruiter
Corporal Fred Suazo
505 986-2414

Cadet Graduation