The current starting pay for an uncertified officer is $14.00 an hour (approximately $29,120.00 annually, including the 11 paid holidays). Certified officers from other agencies receive credit for their years of service and compensation is dependant on the current contract. After an uncertified officer receives their New Mexico Certification as a Police Officer, their pay is increased to $15.00 an hour. Once a newly certified Officer completes the 18 months probation, the Officer's pay is increased to $17.41 an hour (approximately $38,476.00 annually, including the 11 paid holidays). After 18 months with the Department, a Probationary Police Officer becomes a Police Officer and receives merit increases each year thereafter, subject to contract agreement with the city at the time. Police Officers top out at $20.18 per hour or approximately $44,597.00 annually. The next position level is Master Police Officer level upon completion of necessary criteria, that also includes contract agreed merit increases, which is currently for 6 step years. Master Police Officers currently top out at $23.40 per hour, or approximately $51,714.00 annually. There are future competitive opportunities for promotion and increase in pay to the supervisory and management ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Division Captain, based upon requirements of service time and professional development education and training.
Step Pay Plan - Hourly Rate of Pay
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6
Police Officer $17.41 $17.93 $18.47 $19.02 $19.59 $20.18
Master Police $20.18 $20.80 $21.42 $22.06 $22.72 $23.40
Sergeant $23.40 $24.10 $24.82 $25.57 $26.34
Step Pay Plan Format
New Mexico Certified Officers will be placed in the appropriate step depending on non-probationary civilian law enforcement experience. New Mexico Certified Officers with 2 to 4 years of non-probationary experience will start at Police Officer Step 2. Officers with 5-9 years of experience will start at Step 3. Officers with 10 or more years will start at Step 4.
Certified Officers from other states will start at one step below a New Mexico Certified Officer until they have obtained their New Mexico certification.
Master Police Officer status is for tested specialized units such as Canine (K-9) Handler, Traffic, Detectives, School Resource Liaison and Community Relations Officer and Officers that have obtained Step 5 as a Police Officer, and are contributing to the department through functions such as Field Training Officer, SWAT Team, Police Instructor, Intox Key Operators etc., and pass the written department Master Police Officer General Knowledge Test.
A full package of benefits is available upon employment including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, a Tier 2 25 year Municipal Police Plan 5 Public Employees Retirement Association Retirement Pension Program that pays 90% of the highest 5 years average salary at 25 years of service credit, ICMA 457 Retirement Program, sick leave, vacation leave, Comp time, 11 paid Holidays per year and long-term and short-term disability.
The Department furnishes the Officer with their uniforms, leather gear, sidearm, longarms, defensive weapons and assigns a fully equipped take-home police car. After the first year, the Officer is afforded a substantial yearly clothing allowance to maintain the uniform.
Opportunity for Specialized Duty Assignments to Traffic Unit, Canine Unit, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Special Weapons & Tactics Team (SWAT), Community Relations Officer, School Liaison Officer and Field Training Officer positions.
The Clovis Police Department also offers monthly incentive pay bonuses dependent upon completion of criteria set forth for each individual incentive.
Special Incentives For:
Advanced Police Officer Certifications up to $116.80 per month (Depending Upon Level of Certification)
Spanish Language Fluency $50.00 per month
Instructor Certification $50.00 per month
SWAT Team $50.00 per month
Voluntary Physical Fitness $25.00 per month
Field Training Officer $80.00 per month
Contact the Training and Recruiting Division of the Clovis Police Department at (575) 763-9413 for more information.