The Patrol Division works diligently 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of the Roswell community, as well as all visitors. The Roswell Police Department patrolmen and women not only enforce the law, but also promote safety within the 29 square miles of the Roswell city limits. Some officers are cross-commissioned with the Chaves County Sheriff's Office, which means the officers can work within the city limits as well as outside them within Chaves County.
One veteran officer says it is "nice not being in an office setting, you
are always out and about responding to different situations." Being on
patrol gives officers a variety of opportunities to serve the public,
from responding to traffic accidents and taking incident reports to
assisting with medical calls, making public crime-prevention
presentations, and helping citizens in many other ways, many of which
can often not be anticipated at the beginning of each shift. Officers
must always be ready for anything.
Police Service Aides (PSA)
RPD also employs Police Service Aides. They help handle
non-crime-related incidents, freeing up police officers to be where they
are most needed to handle criminal incidents and conduct
investigations. The PSAs are well-trained and dedicated, and are a key
part of the police department.
School Resource Officers (SRO)
RPD also has School Resource Officers (SROs), who are fully
commissioned officers who can also assist the Patrol Division when
needed. The Roswell Independent School District has welcomed SROs into
public schools not only to help deter any criminal activity, but to also
be another positive resource for Roswell's youth, which includes, as
one longtime officer puts it, "helping young people make better
choices." Along with school guidance counselors, the School Resource
Officers aim to guide students to make wise decisions in all aspects of
their lives, with the goal of helping Roswell's youth become productive
and positive members of society.
Developing Positive Relationships
The Patrol Division is committed to continue developing positive
relationships within the Roswell community. The Roswell Police
Department is regularly pursuing qualified and committed citizens who
possess the passion and fortitude to become law enforcement officers
with the City of Roswell. For more information, or to obtain an
application, contact the Training/Recruiting Officer at 575-624-6770,
ext. 108, or the City of Roswell Human Resources office at 575-637-6268.