Special Agent - Law Enforcement | Santa Fe

Special Investigations Division



Apply by 06/15/2024


$33.40 – $50.11 Hourly

$69,479 – $104,219 Annually

This position is a Pay Band PI

Posting Details

The Attorney General and the Department of Justice, collectively referred to as the New Mexico Department of Justice, represent and defend the legal interests and sovereignty of the people of the State of New Mexico. The NMDOJ exercises the responsibilities delegated by the New Mexico Constitution, statutes enacted by the New Mexico Legislature, and the common law. The Attorney General has primary authority for enforcement of consumer protection and antitrust laws, prosecution of criminal appeals and some complex white-collar crimes, training and certification of peace officers, and most natural resource and environmental matters. Additionally, the New Mexico Department of Justice works concurrently with New Mexico’s 13 district attorneys and other local, state and federal law enforcement authorities to carry out its criminal justice responsibilities and activities.

The Special Investigations Division of the New Mexico Department of Justice (NMDOJ) is comprised of separate units, each handling investigations in its own specialty area. The Division utilizes expert special agents for major criminal investigations across the state as directed by the Attorney General, including violent crimes such as child abuse, homicide, sexual assaults, and guardianship cases. The Special Investigations Division also investigates government corruption, fraud, economic and financial crimes, and forced child labor, often working in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Interviews are anticipated to be conducted within two weeks of closing date.

Why does the job exist?

The Special Agent for the Special Investigations assumes case responsibility over investigations initiated by other state and federal law enforcement agencies, jurisdictional District Attorneys’ offices, municipal police departments and county sheriff’s offices that are deemed complex, specialized, perceived as conflicts,  or otherwise outside of the capabilities of their agency; to include conducting specialized criminal investigations related to criminal violations of the New Mexico State Statutes, Governmental Conduct Act, and financial crimes.

How does it get done?

Duties include but are not limited to; conducting criminal, administrative and governmental conduct investigations, interviewing witnesses and interrogating suspects, conferring with prosecuting attorneys, preparing demand letters, and obtaining subpoenas.  Prepares affidavits for search and arrest warrants warrants, execution of search warrants to include those search warrants to secure additional evidence from Internet Service Providers, cell phone companies, or other data storage sources. Conducting surveillance of suspects or locations, preparing final investigative reports of case findings and recommendation of criminal charges, locating, subduing, searching, advising, and arresting suspects when there is probable cause, exchanging information with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities, providing training and technical guidance to other law enforcement agencies and licensees in the agents area of expertise. Testifying as a witness in a court of law

Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

The position will be responsible for providing comprehensive assessments of investigative and prosecutorial needs within New Mexico as it relates to criminal investigations and prosecutions , and will operate in a multi-jurisdictional environment involving cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Who are the customers?

This position serves the law enforcement and prosecutions staff of the New Mexico Department of Justice and the citizens of New Mexico.

Ideal Candidate

A successful candidate will have the ability to use basic computer applications; Excellent time management skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize work; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Strong organizational, planning and problem solving skills. A successful candidate will also have experience in conducting  a wide range of criminal and governmental conduct investigations.

Minimum Qualification

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Police Science, or other related field with five (5) years of experience in law enforcement, criminal investigation, white-collar or economic/financial fraud investigation. Currently carry a valid New Mexico law enforcement certification or be eligible for certification by waiver of training. Combination of years of experience and education (Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution) can be combined with post-secondary education/advanced or specialized training (i.e., C.F.E/Forensic interviewing/ Operational planning/ Certification as an instructor) to meet requirements.

Substitution Table

Min Qual: Bachelor’s Degree + Five (5) years experience
High School/GED + Nine (9) years experience
Associate’s Degree + Seven (7) years experience
Bachelor’s Degree + Five (5) years experience
Master’s Degree + Three (3) years experience
PhD + One (1) year experience
*Must have a current law enforcement certification or be eligible for a certification by waiver.*

Employment Requirements

This position is designated a safety sensitive. Employment is subject to pre-employment and random testing, in accordance with all terms and conditions of federal and state law, rules and regulations in relation to alcohol and/or drug testing. Employment requires successful completion of post offer pre-employment physical and is subject to criminal background check and is conditional pending results of criminal background check. Be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony offense by a court of this state, any other state or the United States. Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License as some statewide travel is required.

Working Conditions

Office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting, including during public meetings and hearings. Must be able to lift 50 lbs, and some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required. Some occasional travel, including overnight travel, may be required in and out of state. Working in a law enforcement setting.

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Agency Contact Information: Dean Woulard

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Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.