New Mexico State Police

k9 Officer

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The Criminal Enforcement Unit or K9 Unit of the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau comprises highly skilled officers and their K9 partners who share a bond like no other. With rigorous training and dedication, our K9 officers have become an essential part of our law enforcement team. These teams work together to conduct searches, track suspects, and detect narcotics and explosives to keep our communities safe.

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A day in the life of a K9 officer is full of action and purpose. Our officers start their day by checking their K9 partners, ensuring they are ready for their duties. They then work closely with their K9 partners to conduct searches for narcotics and explosives and track suspects who may be hiding or fleeing. When not in the field, our K9 officers train and maintain their K9 partners’ skills and participate in community outreach events, promoting safety through public appearances and K9 demonstrations. Through their dedication, K9 officers play an essential role in protecting the community.


 Do you love animals and making a positive difference in the community? Few careers could be as well-suited to you as an officer in the K9 Unit of the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. Our K9 officers develop a unique bond with their four-legged partners, who are always ready to sniff out danger and take down suspects. They work in unison to conduct searches, track suspects, and detect illegal substances, keeping our communities safe. So why wait? Your loyal K9 companion is waiting for you to join our team and make a difference in people’s lives. Contact our recruiting team today and start your journey.


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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.