A currently sworn and certified law enforcement officer
- Must be 21 years of age.
- Must have a valid driver's license and obtain a New Mexico driver's license within 30 days of your hire date.
- Must be a United States citizen.
- No felony convictions. Criminal activity in which applicant has been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendre to any felony charge, been involved in any prosecution diversion program (PPP) as adjudicated for a felony crime committed will be permanently disqualified. Felony arrests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- No misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years from the date of initial testing. Candidates who within 3 years preceding their written test date, have been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendre to any violation of federal law, state law, or local ordinance that would be classified as a misdemeanor crime, will be disqualified until the appropriate time passes (does not include minor traffic violations). Misdemeanor arrests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- No DWI convictions within the last five years from the date of initial testing, whether from an administrative sanction by a Motor Vehicle Department, criminal conviction, or military disciplinary action. Multiple DWIs in the most recent 10 year period disqualifies an individual as an applicant. (Multiple is defined as 2 or more DWIs). DWI arrests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- An applicant cannot have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Act. Domestic related arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- No use in the last 3 years of any illegal drug that would amount to a misdemeanor crime if found in possession (includes marijuana).
- No use in the last 5 years of any illegal drug that would amount to a felony crime if found in possession (includes felony prescription drug use).
- Must not be in collections for an amount over $500.
- Must be currently employed by a law enforcement agency.
- Must have at minimum two years full time law enforcement experience investigating or responding to calls for service from the date of your certification
- Out of State Lateral Officers – Before applying, must contact the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (1-505-827-9000) to ensure your state certification is recognized and approved by the State of New Mexico*
Physical Fitness Requirements
- Test #1: Upper Body Strength - Number of Push-Ups in 1 Minute - Minimum 29 Repetitions
- Test #2: 1.5 Mile Run 15:20 (Minutes:Seconds)
- Test #3: 300 Meter Run 65.4 Seconds
- Test #4: Muscular Endurance - Number of Sit-Ups in 1 Minute - Minimum 31 Repetitions
- Application/Interest Card
- City Entrance Exam
- Physical Fitness Test
- Nelson Denny Exam
- Personal History Statement
- Written Psychological Exam
- Background Investigation
- Polygraph Exam
- Psychological Interview
- Chief’s Selection Board
- City of Albuquerque Employment Application
- Medical Exam/Drug Screen
The Lateral Police Academy is a condensed six to eight week program in which officers become familiar with the City of Albuquerque city ordinances and the Albuquerque Police Department’s standard operating procedures. Instructional areas also include, but are not limited to, physical fitness, defensive tactics, and firearms proficiency. Out of state lateral officers will need to successfully past the state Law Enforcement Officer Certification Examination administered by the New Mexico Department of Public safety. If the lateral officer does not pass the certification exam, lateral officers will have to complete the one week certification by waiver course held in Santa Fe, New Mexico at their own expense.
The principal functions of a police officer are the preservation of the peace and maintenance of order, the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the protection of persons and property under the law and the performance of the multitude of tasks relating to public welfare and safety.