SANTA FE, NM - In celebration of Thanksgiving, Santa Fe County offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26, 2021. County offices will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 29. Solid Waste Convenience Centers will reopen on Saturday, November 27. Essential services provided by Public Safety will continue as usual.

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Santa Fe County
Santa Fe County

Santa Fe County Sheriff

ADAN MENDOZA | Sheriff (D) | Term 2019 - 2022

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Office Recruitment


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 Division
  • Court Services
  • K-9 Handler
  • Honor Guard

Job Opportunities- Click the link to Santa Fe County's job opportunites to view job descriptions of Sheriff Deputy Cadet and Sheriff Deputy II

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

Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office Recruiters

Corporal Carolina Brandle (505) 986-2414 - [bot protected email address]

Corporal Robert Garcia (505) 986-2414 or [bot protected email address]

Shift Differential (additional to hourly rate of pay)

Swing Shift (2 PM – 12 AM) will receive shift differential pay of 5% of their hourly rate for hours worked.

Split Shift (between the regular swing shift and graveyard shift hours) will receive shift differential pay of 7.5% of their hourly rate for hours worked.

Graveyard Shift (9 PM - 7 AM) will receive shift differential pay of 10% of their hourly rate.


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