- Must be 21 years of age by graduation from the academy.
- 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.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED.
- Must have 32 credit hours from an accredited college or university (minimum 2.0 GPA). College credit requirement will be waived if you have 2 years active military service or 4 years in the reserve/national guard. An honorable discharge is required, as stipulated on your DD-214. A general discharge will be considered on a case by case basis.
- College requirement will be waived if you 2 years continuous service as either a City of Albuquerque Police Service Aide or Prisoner Transport Officer.
- College requirement will be waived if you have 5 years continuous service as a government or private sector employee.
- 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 reviewed on an individual basis (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).
- Any financial accounts referred to collections, written or charged off will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may result in disqualification.
- Applicants who do not meet these requirements might be eligible under the Exceptional Candidate Waiver described below
Exceptional Candidate Waiver
The Albuquerque Police Department, in conjunction with the City of Albuquerque, has amended its requirements for application to the APD Academy. Applicants who do not have the 32 college credits necessary to test into the background process may be eligible to apply under an "Exceptional Candidate" category:
- Minimum 24 years of age
- Stable, and positive work history. Any history of discipline may be grounds for disqualification
- Secure financial status
- Must commit to a minimum 3 years of service with the Albuquerque Police Department
- Must acquire 60 college credit hours from an accredited college or university within 3 years of completing On the Job Training
We are currently updating the online application process to reflect this change. Prior to filling out an online Interest Card, contact a recruiter to begin your application process.
Physical Fitness Requirements
- Test #1: Upper Body Strength - Number of Push-Ups in 1 Minute - Minimum 15 Repetitions
- Test #2: 1.5 Mile Run 15:54 (Minutes:Seconds)
- Test #3: 300 Meter Run 71 Seconds
- Test #4: Muscular Endurance - Number of Sit-Ups in 1 Minute - Minimum 27 Repetitions
- Methods, techniques and procedures of law enforcement including patrol, crime prevention, investigation and identification
- Principles of report preparation
- Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes, state statutes, city ordinances, state vehicle codes and safety regulations
- Firearms and defensive tactics skills and survival techniques
- Routine Street Patrol
- Principles and practices of firearm use
- Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
- Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations
Preferred Skills & Abilities
- Use and properly care for firearms
- Understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and procedures
- Prepare clear and concise reports
- Analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine and take appropriate action
- Identify potential crime situations or traffic hazards and take preventive action
- Perform defensive tactics and survival techniques
- Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public
- Communicate clearly and concisely
- Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
- 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 Albuquerque Police Department’s Law Enforcement Academy is a 40 hour week, twenty-six week program, structured around each functional area necessary for New Mexico State Law Enforcement certifications. Instructional areas range from the criminal justice system, law, patrol, investigation, physical fitness, and traffic investigations to defensive tactics, use of firearms and police driving.
These areas, taught by certified instructors and according to Department of Public Safety lesson plans, furnish the cadets with the knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully serve their community. Each successful graduate of the Albuquerque Police Academy is equipped with marketable skills that will serve him or her throughout their lifetime.
Albuquerque Police Officers are required to manage their own time, build relationships, tackle challenges creatively and produce tangible results in a team-oriented environment. The Albuquerque Police Academy is a challenging and satisfying start to a career in one of the most demanding fields in America.
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.