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What Is Average Salary of a Police Officer in New Mexico?

By    |   Saturday, 18 July 2015 09:54 PM

The average salary of police officers in New Mexico varies depending on where they live.

According to Indeed, the mean pay of a starting police officer in the “land of enchantment” is $25,000 a year.

Las Cruces Sun-News, however, reported the officials on average receive an annual salary of $46,550, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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LawEnforcementEDU.net cited 2012-13 BLS data indicating that the medium annual income for police and sheriff’s patrol officers is $43,350 a year. Supervisors receive $63,550 and detectives and criminal investigators receive $71,780.

According to the Sun-News, the Las Cruces department has some of the highest paid officers in the state, earning an average annual salary of $48,353.

“We offer an awesome career path for people that are looking to get into law enforcement,” Las Cruces Police Chief Richard Williams told the newspaper.

Williams remarked it is not just the salary that makes working for the LCPD a good experience, but the support the department offers with new police vehicles and equipment. He noted 20 officers are still working although they have surpassed the date making them eligible to retire.

Additionally, Williams mentioned five vacancies on the force, which consists of 2.6 percent of its members. The chief said other police forces have vacancies between 11 percent and 18 percent.

Just below the payroll of LCPD is the New Mexico State Police, who average $45,962 per year.

According to the newspaper, salaries constitute the largest portion of budgets spent on policing, but in an effort to save money, the state is looking into ways other than cutting jobs.

Recently, the New Mexico State Police Division announced a reorganization to include state police, motor transportation officers, and special investigators, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

The effort is expected to save tens of thousands of dollars without laying off a single police officer.

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