Basic Eligibility Requirements

Are You Qualified to be a Police Officer?
Drug Use
  • Have you purchased or used marijuana or any illegal drug within the last year?
  • Do you have a pattern of illegal drug use, including marijuana in the past three (3) years?
  • Have you sold any illegal drug for profit?
  • Have you ever used an illegal drug (no matter how many times or how long ago) while in a law enforcement position, or in a position that carries with it a high level of responsibility or public trust?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should NOT apply for a position with the
Rio Rancho Police Department. They are immediate disqualifiers.

Crime Involvement
  • As an adult, have you admitted to or been convicted of an offense, defined a felony by the federal, state, or local government where the offense occurred?
  • Do you have a pattern of theft from an employer during the course of your employment as an adult?
  • Have you committed any theft offense within the last three years that exceeds a value of $500?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should NOT apply for a position with the Rio Rancho Police Department. They are immediate disqualifiers.

***Please continue reading below for other qualifying and disqualifying factors.
If you are in doubt concerning specific items listed on this page,
please call Rio Rancho Police Department Recruiting at 505.891.5914.*** ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

No selection standard of the Rio Rancho Police Department shall be in conflict with or contrary to the spirit or letter of fair employment laws of the State of New Mexico or the laws of the United States. The Rio Rancho Police Department enthusiastically declares itself to be an equal opportunity employer.

A. Must be a United States Citizen

B. Must be 21 years of age.

C. Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)

D. Must have a valid New Mexico Driver’s License

E. Must be able to complete a physical fitness and wellness assessment.

F. Must be found, after examination by a licensed physician, to be free of any condition, which might adversely affect their performance or completion of training as a police officer.


G. Must be found, after examination by a licensed psychologist, to be free of any emotional or mental condition, which might adversely affect their performance or completion of training as a police officer.

H. Must not participate in any activity deemed to be subversive.

I. Felony Conviction: Disqualification


No person who has ever been convicted or proven to have committed by means of a law enforcement investigation or admits of any offense declared by law to be a felony in this or any other state shall be eligible for appointment to any position with the Rio Rancho Police Department.

J. Misdemeanor Conviction: Disqualification

No person who has been convicted within the past three years of any criminal offense declared by law to be a misdemeanor (with the exception of minor traffic offenses) in this or any other state shall be eligible for appointment to any position with the Rio Rancho Police Department.

No person still on probation (supervised or unsupervised) for any criminal conviction shall be eligible for appointment to any position with the Rio Rancho Police Department.

No person who have within the past seven (7) years and as an adult been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated / Driving Under the Influence shall be eligible for appointment to any position with the Rio Rancho Police Department.

No person convicted of any of the following offenses shall be eligible for appointment with the Rio Rancho Police Department:

   1. Perjury
   2. Filing a False Police Report
   3. Impersonation of a Peace Officer
   4. Domestic Violence
   5. Fraud

Any person whose conviction has been set aside, deferred, or dismissed as part of a conditional discharge shall be considered to have been convicted.

K. Criminal Conduct

Applicants for employment with the Rio Rancho Police Department whose prior conduct includes, but is not limited to, involvement in criminal conduct as specified shall not be eligible for appointment with the Rio Rancho Police Department.

“Involvement in criminal conduct” specifically includes acts which may have gone undetected, unreported and / or un-prosecuted. As an adult, any act which would constitute a felony offense in this state or any other state committed. Any act which would constitute a misdemeanor (with the exception of minor traffic offenses) in this state committed at any time after application for employment with the Rio Rancho Police Department.

Any act, as specified, committed at any time prior to or following application for employment with the Rio Rancho Police Department, including:

   1. Forcible rape
   2. Robbery
   3. Possession of Controlled Substances For Sale
   4. Assault or Battery With a Deadly Weapon
   5. Lewd Acts With a Child
   6. Perjury
   7. Homicide
   8. Felony Larceny
   9. Theft of Public Funds
  10. Assault or Battery Under Color of Authority
   11. Any Offense Declared By Law to Constitute a “Hate Crime.”
   12. Prostitution or Solicitation of Prostitution
   13. Embezzlement
   14. Sexual assault

L. Criminal Conduct: Lateral Applicants

Applicants for employment with the Rio Rancho Police Department who are presently employed by any public criminal justice agency shall be required to sign a disclosure statement authorizing the Rio Rancho Police Department to reveal to their present employer any admissions of criminal conduct which occurred or which may have occurred during their employment for that agency. Upon written demand of the head of any such agency and consistent with this manual, the Rio Rancho Police Department shall fully cooperate with any official investigation initiated by that applicant’s present employer concerning any such admissions of criminal activity.

M. Criminal Conduct: Outstanding Arrest Warrant(s)

No person who has an outstanding arrest warrant for his / her arrest shall be eligible for appointment to the Rio Rancho Police Department. Any peace officer of the Rio Rancho Police Department aware of the existence of such a warrant shall immediately serve same.

N. Gross Misconduct

No person who, as an adult, has been previously dismissed from any employment or discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States for proven acts of gross misconduct shall be eligible for appointment with the Rio Rancho Police Department.

“Gross misconduct” shall include, but is not limited to:

   1. Embezzlement
   2. Willful disobedience of a lawful order
   3. Sexual harassment
   4. False statements to superior officers
   5. Filing false official reports
   6. Desertion
   7. Assault under color of authority
   8. Battery against any co-worker or supervisor
   9. Terrorist threats against any co-worker, supervisor, business, entity, government

O. Discharge from Military Service

No person who shall have received a discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under conditions of Dismissal, Dishonorable, Bad-Conduct, Other Than Honorable or General shall be eligible for appointment to the Rio Rancho Police Department.

P. Selective Service: Failure to Register

No person who shall have been legally required to register for Selective Service and has failed to do so shall be eligible for appointment to the Rio Rancho Police Department.

Q. False Statements on Application

Any applicant for employment with the Rio Rancho Police Department who makes any knowing and deliberate false statement or omission of material fact on any application document for the Rio Rancho Police Department shall be denied appointment.

False statements include deliberately non-responsive answers and knowing evasions of any type. Knowing and deliberate false statements or omissions of material fact discovered on any application document at any time following appointment with the Rio Rancho Police Department shall be immediately investigated and, where proven, shall be grounds for dismissal and or removal from the Rio Rancho Police Department.

R. Fraudulent Application Document(s)

Any applicant who knowingly offers or furnishes any altered or fraudulent document(s) in connection with his/her application for employment with the Rio Rancho Police Department shall be immediately disqualified from further consideration.

Where such altered or fraudulent documents are discovered subsequent to appointment with the Rio Rancho Police Department, such shall be immediately investigated and, where proven, shall be grounds for dismissal and / or removal from the Rio Rancho Police Department.