Dona Aña County, in south-central New Mexico, covers an area of 3,815 square miles and is home to 209,233 residents. The Dona Aña Sheriff’s Office (DASO) is headquartered in Las Cruces and is the second largest county sheriff’s department in the state. During a one-year period (2007), the Dona Aña County Sheriff’s Office deputies accomplished all of the following:
- Documented more than 12,000 offenses/incidents.
- Arrested more than 700 impaired drivers.
- Investigated approximately 1,300 felony cases.
- Issued over 29,000 traffic citations.
- Responded to approximately 30,000 calls for service.
If you are interested in learning how to become a Dona Aña County deputy sheriff you must complete each of the following nine steps:
- Written Examination
- Background Investigation
- Physical Agility Test
- Psychological Evaluation
- Training Academy
Step 1. Qualification
Make sure you qualify for available Dona Aña County deputy sheriff jobs. Minimum qualifications for Dona Aña County deputy sheriff jobs are as follows:
- U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old
- High school graduate (or GED)
- Valid driver’s license
- Bi-lingual English-Spanish speakers given preference
Grounds for immediate disqualification:
- Dishonorable military discharge
- Felony or manslaughter conviction involving moral depravity
- DUI arrest within last three years
Step 2. Application
Go to job listings to peruse the list of job openings and click on “apply” to download an application form. You can either complete the form online or mail to the Dona Aña County Sheriff’s Office, 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruses. NM 88007. You can also call the sheriff’s office at 575-525-19111 for job information.
Step 3. Written Examination
Take and pass a written examination that covers general knowledge subjects like reading comprehension, basic math, vocabulary and logical reasoning.
Step 4. Interview
Attend an oral interview with a DASO staff member. Be sure to wear business attire and express yourself clearly and thoughtfully.
Step 5. Polygraph
You will be asked to take a lie detector test. You should have no problem if you answer all questions both here and on your application truthfully.
Step 6. Background Investigation
There will be a thorough investigation of your past school, employment, financial and family histories.
Step 7. Physical Agility Test
You must pass a physical agility test prescribed by the New Mexico Police Officer Standards and Training Agency. It includes such activities as sit-ups, push-ups, running and an obstacle course.
Step 8. Psychological Evaluation
You will be evaluated by a police department psychologist to make sure your disposition is suitable for the rigors of police work in New Mexico.
Step 9. Academy
You will attend a training period at the New Mexico Police Officer Training Academy followed by a probationary period working with an experienced officer.
The duties/responsibilities carried out by DASO deputy sheriffs include:
- Answering calls or complaints for things like accidents, domestic disputes, robberies, assaults, etc.
- Patrolling in a radio-equipped car, on a motorcycle or bicycle, or on foot.
- Assuming control at traffic accident scenes.
- Apprehending suspects.
- Securing crime scenes.
- Conducting preliminary investigations of criminal acts.
- Organizing/mAñaging D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T programs.
- Presenting evidence in court.
- Community Policing./arbitrating family or neighborhood disputes.
- Working with the canine unit, bomb squad or special response unit.
- Recovering stolen property.
DASO deputy sheriffs earn an hourly wage of $16.77 to $19.30. Benefits include mental/dental insurance; paid sick leave, vacation and personal day; retirement plan; and education assistance.