Becoming a Rio Rancho Police Officer

Rio Rancho police officers are some of the best trained law enforcement personnel in the state, which is a testament to why Rio Rancho continues to be recognized as one of the safest cities in New Mexico. We are proud to serve our fast-growing community and participate in engagement programs that help strengthen the great relationship we have with our residents. 

RRPD empowers personnel to develop their careers in a variety of areas, including: the Traffic Unit, SWAT, the Criminal Investigations Division, and the K-9 unit. The flexibility and opportunity provided to officers to travel down different career paths enhances their ability to better serve the residents of Rio Rancho.

If you want to be a part of a community that appreciates your service, join the Rio Rancho Police Department and make a difference.


To apply for a Police Officer position at the City of Rio Rancho, you must:

  • be 21 years of age or older; 
  • be a U.S. citizen; 
  • possess a high school diploma or GED;
  • have no felony convictions. 

If you are applying for a position through the lateral process, RRPD now offers an incentive of up to ten years credit (year for year) to your starting salary. This is for certified officers only.  

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