New Mexico State Police
Uniform and ranks
Class A Uniform
The Class A uniform is the most recognized and arguably one of the most respected law enforcement uniforms in existence.
Your Sam Browne Duty Belt
An officers Sam Browne holds all of the necessary tools they need to keep law and order. From their duty firearm to less-lethal applications such as their taser, an officer puts their duty belt on with the purpose of protecting themselves and their fellow officers, while serving the great citizen of New Mexico.
Rank and Patches
Officer’s rank is symbolic of their time, experience, and their own personal merits. Each rank comes with its own unique responsibilities and is respected throughout the chain of command of the New Mexico State Police.
Years In Service
The service patches indicate the amount of time an officer has been on the force. Each silver hash mark indicates one year in service and each gold star represents 5 years of service. They are combined to illustrate the total amount of time an officer has been serving.
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New Mexico State Police Ranks
Upon graduation from the academy, you will possess the rank of patrolman. After five years you will reach the first milestone in your career which is advancing from a “silver” Patrolman to a “gold” Senior Patrolman. Certain elements of your uniform will distinguish you as a Senior Patrolman, such as the band on your cover, the buttons on your shirt, and NMSP insignia on your collar, will change from silver to gold. Become familiar with your chain of command.
The Chief is selected from within the Ranks of the Department and sits at the top of the agency. The Chief is appointed by the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department Of Public Safety, with the approval of the New Mexico State Senate.
The Deputy Chief is known as part of the 'command staff' and is assigned by the Chief. The primary responsibility of the Deputy Chief is to assist the Chief in the duties associated with roles of the command staff.
The Majors of the New Mexico State Police serve as the Bureau Commanders. The Bureaus within the state police encompass the Uniform Bureau, the Investigations Bureau, Special Operations Bureau, Training & Recruiting Bureau, Special Projects Bureau, and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Beureau.
Captains in the New Mexico State Police oversee their respective districts and departments. Captains maintain good order and discipline over everything from disciplinary issues to fiscal management.
The rank of Lieutenant in the New Mexico State Police's role is to assist the Captains while overseeing the Sergeants in their area of responsibility.
Sergeants oversee Patrol Officers assigned within their area of responsibility while providing close support in day to day operations.
Your First 5 Years As Silver
Upon graduating the academy, elements on your uniform, from your headband on your cover to the buttons on your shirt, will be silver. This is the period of time in your career where you will utilize the skills taught to you in the academy and enhance your experience from real world lessons on the street.
Gold After Your First 5 Years
Special skills. special teams.
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The New Mexico State Police offers a rewarding career with many opportunities for promotions. Learn more about what it takes to join our ranks by filling out the quick form.