The Farmington Police Department is a progressive, nationally accredited agency, dedicated to providing community oriented police services. The department strives to maintain the professional standards which have established it as a leader in law enforcement in New Mexico. Divided into various Divisions such as Patrol, Detectives, and Administration, the Department proactively responds to community concerns through several community based programs. 155 people are employed by the department, 106 of which are sworn officers. Benefits such as 20 year retirement, four-day work week, take home cars, generous vacation and sick leave, and educational incentives make Farmington Police Department an excellent employment opportunity.

The Police Department building is a two story structure which also houses the Municipal Court. An exercise room with free weights, Cybex weight machines, aerobic machines such as tread mills, and stepper are provided for the employees 24 hours a day. Separate locker rooms offer full-length lockers and showers.

Prior to assuming an assignment to the Patrol Division, uncertified officers will attend a local 24 week academy. The academy is operated with the cooperation of San Juan College. Cadets receive college credit while attending the academy. After successful graduation, cadets will undergo a 14 week Field Training Program before being released for solo duty. Applicants who currently hold officer certification, either in New Mexico or another state, may be eligible for lateral entry.

Successful graduates from the recruit academy are assigned to the Patrol Division. Police Officers have responsibility for the protection of life and property, prevention of crimes, apprehension of criminals, and enforcement of laws and ordinances. The Police Department utilizes Community Policing and problem solving in providing services.