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Police Officer Reserve

Department: Police Dept/Administration
Office: Police Department
Position Number:n/a
Job ID#:16130
To be considered for this job:You must complete the on-line application form.

Volunteers, please complete as much of the application form as is applicable to your interests and willingness to contribute; you do not need to complete the Employment History Section

On your application in the question "Daily Availability", you mut indicate you can work any shift including weekends and holidays
Opening Date for In-House Candidates:1/13/17
Opening Date to the Public:1/13/17
Open until filled; for best consideration, apply by:continuous
Starting Salary (or salary range):Voluntary- Non-Paid
Other information about this position or about working with the City of Rio Rancho:A Drivers License is required for this position. Your driving record must always meet City insurability standards.
Banner:This is the initial posting of this job opening.
If you are called for an interview or to attend a pre-employment testing session:If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or telephone with a date, time and place to interview.
Typical schedule :To be determined. Reserve Officers shall work at least 8 hours per month and 96 hours each year to maintain certification.


  Reserve Officers are either currently certified and in a position to work with the Department in a technical or patrol aspect. Exact specifications of their job shall be determined by the Lieutenant over the unit. Non-Certified applicants will be required to attend a Reserve Academy before performing any patrol function.

Position Summary

The Police Officer is responsible for the enforcement of all Municipal, State and Federal laws. This is a public safety position that requires the working of unusual hours, rotating shifts and working under inclement weather conditions; patrols an assigned beat, protects life and property, prevents crime, maintains order, enforces laws, ordinances and constitutional mandates, investigates crimes, accidents and disturbances, directs traffic, prepares reports, makes arrests, testifies in court, serves warrants and subpoenas, cooperates with other law enforcement agencies and City departments, provides information and answers inquiries from the general public.  

Education, Training and Experience – minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education:  High School Graduate or equivalent  

Other Requirements: Must be able to successfully complete a written personal integrity test, FBI fingerprint/background investigation, psychological exam, medical and physical exams and testing, screening for illegal or non-prescribed controlled substances including anabolic steroids, and will undergo an Oral Board interview.  

Education and/or experience preferences: Prior experience in law enforcement.  

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Driver’s License requirement: Frequent Driver -- Regular Driver's License  

Note -- For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: Certification through the NM Law Enforcement Academy for State certification as a law enforcement official.  

Time given after hire/promotion to obtain certification or licenses: Must successfully complete Law Enforcement Academy. 

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: Certification as a Law Enforcement Official in the State of NM or another state 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job


Knowledge: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.   Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.   Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.  

Skills:  Must be able to type rapidly and accurately enough to successfully produce documents/spreadsheets, communicate via e-mail, or perform data entry as necessary to accomplish the essential functions of the position.   Use of technology, equipment and software typically used in the office environment. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.   Talking to others to convey information effectively. Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.   Actively looking for ways to help people.   

Abilities: The ability to   tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve   solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The ability to communicate information and   ideas in speaking so others will understand.   The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce   answers that make sense. The ability   to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions   (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to listen to and understand   information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The ability to concentrate on a task over a   period of time without being distracted.   The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to identify or detect a known   pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other   distracting material. The ability to   see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to quickly respond (with the   hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it   appears.  

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Interacts with    other employees and the general public. 

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making:  Minimal-incumbent primarily carries-out instructions and follows established procedures  

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability:  None -- Position has no accountability for, or authority to make, budgetary or financial decisions.  


Span of control: Responsibility for own work (no supervision or leadership expectations)  


Essential Functions


The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.


  • Patrol: Patrols an assigned area of the City in a radio-equipped vehicle to preserve law and order and enforcing Municipal, State and Federal laws and ordinances.   Enforces traffic laws and ordinances by checking vehicle speed, lights and signals, traffic courtesy, and issuing warnings and/or citations when violations are observed.   In the course of patrol, may determine alcohol or substance abuse testing is warranted.   Patrols business and residential areas to discover and/or prevent the commission of crime. May also patrol on a motorcycle or bicycle.
  • Response: Responds to calls and complaints involving road accidents, robberies, burglaries, assaults, fights, domestic disturbances, homicides, and other criminal activities and civil complaints. Secures crime scenes, identifies witnesses, conducts preliminary investigations and re-establishes law and order at the scene. Secures and investigates crime scenes to ensure that the collection, preservation and handling of physical evidence and property meets established professional and legal standards.   Preserves and documents crime scene by processing the scene for fingerprints, photographs, video taping and/or sketching the crime scene.   Interviews/interrogates victims, suspects, and witnesses to obtain and verify information pertinent to the investigation and resolution of a variety of criminal incidents. Responds to fire suppression and emergency medical calls.   Performs response as needed to ensure that public safety services are provided efficiently, effectively, compassionately and timely.
  • Administrative: Prepares reports to document incident, and facilitate the apprehension, prosecution and conviction of the perpetrator. Prepares reports, complaints, affidavits and other related technical/legal documents regarding the progress, findings and results of an investigative process. Appears in court to present evidence and sworn testimony on behalf of the City or State.
  • Programs: May serve as a school resource officer, including developing, modifying and implementing educational programs.   Maintains the safety and well-being of the students and staff, resolves conflicts, takes reports and generally promotes trust and security.   May participate in the K-9 program and work with a trained drug finding dog.   Grants and other programs for law enforcement may be funded and implemented.
  • Emergency: Serves as needed for emergency response and recovery. 


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions


Daily activity level:  Blend of sedentary and physical work  


Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision ; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Fine finger manipulation; Grasping with hand, gripping; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Work activities produce impact on hand, wrist, forearm, elbow from vibration; Subduing/restraining humans/animals; Involvement in verbal or physical confrontations; Operation of gas-powered machines or equipment; Use of firearms or weapons; Use of firefighting equipment; Use of medical equipment (i.e., AED, give injections, bandage/splint); Climbing Ladders; Working at heights (towers, poles, bucket lift); Bending/kneeling/crawling; Lifting/carrying/push/pull greater than 100 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Running while carrying materials/ equipment/ gear/ tools; Working more than 8 hours/day; Shift work, including mid and grave; Working more than 5 days a week; Job involves driving most the shift.  


If you need an accommodation for a disability that would enable you to apply or interview for this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 505-891-5011 (fax: 505-891-9183).


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