New Mexico State Police

Uniform and ranks

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Cover

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Uniform Blouse

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Suicide Strap

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Uniform Trousers

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Boots

Class A Uniform

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Your Sandbrown Duty Belt

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Sandbrown Duty Belt

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Taser

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Handcuffs

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Duty Firearm

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Capstun

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New Mexico State Police Patch

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Patch Rank (Sergeant)

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Instructor Patch

Rank and Patches

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Years In Service

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Service Years Patch

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.

Chief

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.

Deputy Chief

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.

Major

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.

Captain

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.

Lieutenant

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.

Sergeant

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

After you have completed five years on the department you will be considered a Senior Patrolman. The buttons on your shirt, band on your cover, and various other elements on your uniform will transition to gold and you will be designated a Senior Patrolman. You have earned the right to ‘go gold’.
 
Special skills. special teams.

Learn more about what makes us different.

The New Mexico State Police are responsible for investigating crimes throughout the entire state and all jurisdictions within our boarders. From hostage negotiation to our dive team, there’s unique law enforcement opportunities available. Keep exploring to learn more .

YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS HERE. JOIN OUR RANKS.

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. 

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