Santa Fe County Sheriff Department Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau defines Santa Fe County as the “Santa Fe Metropolitan Statistical Area” since its 1,911 square miles lie within New Mexico’s capital city and its suburbs. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, located at 305 Camino Justica, Santa Fe 87508, is dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of the 145,648 residents it serves.

How You Can Become a Deputy Sheriff in Santa Fe

This guide describes the Santa Fe hiring process and takes you through the steps you need to take in learning how to become a Santa Fe deputy sheriff cadet.

  1. Qualify
  2. Apply
  3. Written Examination
  4. Physical Agility Test
  5. Oral Interview
  6. Background Investigation, Psychological Test and Medical Exam
  7. Academy


Step 1. Qualify

You must meet the following requirements before your application will be accepted:

  • You must be at least 21 years old by the time you finish the academy.
  • You must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.

NOTE: If you are applying for Deputy Sheriff II, rather than cadet, you must also have at least one year of relevant law enforcement experience.

Step 2. Apply

Go to Santa Fe County’s job opportunities website to see if there are openings for Sheriff Deputy Cadet. Click link for the online application, complete and submit as directed.

You may call Santa Fe County Recruiter Corporal Diego Lucero, at 505/986-2414, if you have questions.

Step 3. Written Examination

You will be required to pass a multiple-choice examination that includes 100 general knowledge questions.

Step 4. Physical Agility Test

You must pass a physical agility test that consists of the following components:

  • One-minute continuous push-ups
  • One-minute continuous sit-ups
  • 1.5-mile run
  • 300-meter run

The number and/or timing of each component will be adjusted according to your gender and age. For example, males and females aged 20-29 are required to do 29 or 23 push-ups, and 38 or 32 sit-ups respectively. Those numbers drop to 18 or 13, 29 or 20 for individuals between the ages of 40 and 49. Males and females 20 to 29 years old must complete the 1.5 mile run in 13.9 or 14.45 minutes respectively, while males/females aged 40-49 must complete it in 14.30 or 15.45 minutes respectively. It is recommended that you practice all of the exercises before taking the test.

Step 5. Oral Interview

You will be questioned in person by a panel of approximately three individuals from the sheriff’s office and the county human resources department. Wear business attire, speak clearly and truthfully, and be as personable as possible.

Step 6. Background Investigation, Psychological Test and Medical Exam

There will be an in-depth investigation of your school, employment and police records, credit history, personal relationship with drugs/alcohol and driving performance.

Once cleared through a federal and state background check, you will be required to submit to a psychological test and medical exam to ensure you have the psychological and physical fortitude to become an effective deputy sheriff in Santa Fe County.

Step 7. Academy

You will be required to spend 22 weeks at a training academy in Santa Fe sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Your time at the state-of-the-arts academy will be divided between classroom instruction and fieldwork.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Departments

After graduation from the academy, you will be assigned to a specific area, such as:

  • Accident Investigation
  • Animal Control
  • Community Support Services
  • Computer Forensics Lab
  • Court Security Services
  • Criminal Investigation Bureau
  • DUI Unit
  • Evidence Division
  • Narcotics Division
  • Patrol Division
  • Warrants Division

The starting salary for Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputy Cadets is $18,191.50.

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