New Mexico State Police

The Dive Team

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The New Mexico State Police Dive Team is a specialized unit that utilizes diving to recover drowning victims and evidence. This elite team is sent all over New Mexico and even to other states upon request. During the summer, the team also assists in lake patrol to prevent drinking and boating and ultimately prevent drowning accidents.

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The mission of the New Mexico State Police Search and Recovery Team is to locate and recover evidence that has been discarded in bodies of water throughout the state. The team also provides assistance to families by recovering drowning victims who have been lost. Through this important work, the team offers a valuable service to the residents of New Mexico by helping to bring closure and justice.



Becoming a NMSP Search and Recovery Team member requires a unique set of skills and attributes. The team members not only have the ability to perform diving and boat operations but also possess the driving skills necessary to safely transport equipment and personnel to different locations. The team gains valuable and transferable skill sets that could be used both recreationally and professionally. Members of the team are part of a small percentage of elite officers who have a calling to venture into the high-risk situations required of them to serve their community.

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There’s nothing more important that preparing your mind and body for the challenge ahead. Being prepared can sometimes be the difference between you or one of your fellow officers going home.

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What preparing for the NMSP Academy Looks like

From physical fitness training to academic support, we have everything you need to prepare for your future in law enforcement. Explore our resources today and get ready to take the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career with the New Mexico State Police.

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Pay & Benefits of the New Mexico State Police

We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package to our officers. From health insurance to retirement plans, we have everything you need to take care of yourself and your family. Visit our pay and benefits page to learn more.

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Ready to take the first step towards an exciting and meaningful career with the New Mexico State Police? Learn more about the process and start the application process today - Your future self will thank you.


Learn more about what it takes to become a New Mexico State Police Officer and talk to an officer about your future today.