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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: X0005 / Police Detective
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 10

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, plans, coordinates, and conducts investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases. Analyzes data, controls evidence, prepares documentation, makes recommendations to justice system authorities, and provides testimony in court.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Investigates various incidents, criminal and non-criminal; questions witnesses; may investigate internal affairs situations and perform undercover work as required.
  2. Examines crime scenes to obtain clues and gather evidence; processes and supervises crime scenes through the collection, preservation, documentation, and analysis of evidence.
  3. Prepares and files detailed investigative reports.
  4. Interacts with other law enforcement agencies and the district attorney's office to collect and distribute criminal intelligence information.
  5. Processes evidence, prepares court cases, and provides legal testimony.
  6. Supervises law enforcement personnel at crime scenes.
  7. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Skill in completing accident and criminal investigations.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise and train assigned staff.
  • Ability to provide legal depositions and testimony.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to gather and organize legal evidence.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government.
  • Knowledge of legal documentation procedures and requirements.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the POA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification status.
  • Must obtain certification of New Mexico Law Enforcement Officer within one (1) year of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017