The Carlsbad Police Department is one of the highest paid law enforcement agencies in the State of New Mexico. Law Enforcement Officers currently earn between $24.73 and $40.45 per hour depending on years of service, education and certifications. Telecommunicators earn between $21.50 and $33.23 per hour depending on years of service, education and certifications. The Department also has one of the richest lateral transfer programs in the State of New Mexico that offers a $5,000 hiring incentive, equipment stipend, lump sum vacation allotment, pay based on collective years of experience and early promotional opportunities. The City of Carlsbad is a prosperous community with a lot of momentum. Our economy is diversified, robust and growing. With so many companies succeeding, our workforce is well-paid with a high disposable income. This has created incredible growth opportunities for the police department. The Department is looking for highly motivated individuals to serve as police officers and telecommunicators who have a strong desire to be a part of an advancing agency.