The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department is accepting applications for the next academy of reserve officers. Applications are available at the department headquarters at 845 N. Motel Blvd., at the southernmost entrance to the Doña Ana County Government Center.
The Sheriff’s Reserve Academy will begin in the fall and will last approximately four months, with regularly scheduled evening and weekend training sessions. All reserve cadets must meet the same physical and academic standards as certified law-enforcement officers in New Mexico.
In all, the successful applicants will go through more than 340 hours of classroom instruction, firearms training, firearms certification and intense physical conditioning.
To be considered, each applicant must be at least 21 years of age, in good health and physical condition, a resident of Doña Ana County and able to pass a criminal-background check.
“We have been told by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety that our Reserve Academy is one of the finest and toughest in the State of New Mexico,” Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison said. “We’re proud of our existing reserve officers, and we look forward to a new class of cadets eager to show their commitment to law enforcement in Doña Ana County.”
Reserve officers assist the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department with patrol support, DWI checkpoints, crime-scene investigations and prisoner transport. They routinely back up and assist full-time deputies in their daily duties, and they regularly assist the department with other functions as requested by the Sheriff and his administration.
For more information on the Sheriff’s Reserve program, call (575) 525-1911 and ask to speak with a Training Staff Reserve Deputy.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.