Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: X0012 / Police Recruit
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

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.


Develops critical job-related knowledge and skills while enrolled in law enforcement academy. Applies academy training by assisting in the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws, and ensures compliance with university policies. Provides security for personnel, real property, and equipment. Assists in the investigation and documentation of crimes/incidents and documentation and preservation of evidence, and receives training in the preparation and provision of legal testimony. May be assigned to any shift; may perform campus patrol or may serve as substation, victim/witness assistance, or crime prevention officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Works toward completion of state certification by Police Academy.
  2. Patrols university property, in a vehicle or on foot, to provide security and traffic law enforcement.
  3. Responds to emergency and non-emergency radio calls.
  4. Renders first aid at accidents; takes and writes incident/accident reports, including those of missing/stolen property and criminal activity.
  5. Assists in the conduct of accident and crime investigations and the preparation of associated reports and documents.
  6. Provides escort services for visitors, students, staff, faculty, and individuals responsible for transportation of monies to or from university depositories; provides public assistance, including lockout services, first aid, and vehicle jump-starts.
  7. Provides building security, including locking and unlocking doors.
  8. Operates miscellaneous equipment including emergency vehicles, radar, and breath alcohol analyzers.
  9. Assists in the processing of evidence and the preparation of court cases; may provide legal testimony as required.
  10. Writes and files daily activity report with superior officer.
  11. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED; no previous experience required.
  • 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

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to write reports containing technical information.
  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Skill in the use of first aid procedures.
  • Knowledge of police procedures, to include crime/incident investigation, reporting, and documentation.
  • Skill in providing protection services to individuals on campus.
  • Ability to complete moderately complex administrative paperwork.
  • Skill in the operation of police equipment such as radar and breath alcohol analyzers.
  • Knowledge of procedures and standards for the gathering and processing of legal evidence for court cases.
  • Skill in utilizing building security and lock systems and procedures.

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.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at date of hire.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.
  • Must successfully graduate from an accredited law enforcement academy and receive Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Certified Law Enforcement Officer within 12 months of date of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

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

Revised Date: 06/13/2021