Becoming A Deputy


Applicants interested in becoming a Sheriff’s Deputy who are not yet certified should apply for this position. Deputy Cadets must successfully complete an intensive 16-week law enforcement academy. 

Upon graduation, Deputy Sheriff Cadets will be promoted to Deputy Sheriff and begin Field Training Program.



Applicants who are currently sworn law enforcement officers or have active certification and would like to lateral to Otero County Sheriff's Office should apply for this position. 

Lateral hires will receive credit for prior experience if they are certified by the State of New Mexico Department of Public Safety or receive certification by waiver through the State of New Mexico Department of Public Safety.  

Career Opportunities:

  • Patrol Division
  • Criminal Investigations Division (Detective)
  • Community Relations/Civil Division
  • Narcotics Agent
  • Field Training Officer
  • Instructor
  • Court Services