An entry level position for those wanting to become law enforcement officers but do not yet meet the minimum requirements to do so.
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Must have a valid driver's license.
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
- No misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years.
- 18-20 year olds must not have used a misdemeanor illegal drug (i.e. marijuana) within the last 6 months. 21 years or older must not have used a misdemeanor illegal drug (i.e. marijuana) in the last 3 years.
- An applicant cannot have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Act.
- No DWIs within the last 5 years whether from an administrative sanction by a Motor Vehicle Department, a criminal conviction or a military disciplinary action.
- No multiple DWIs within the last 10 years whether from an administrative sanction by a Motor Vehicle Department, a criminal conviction or a military disciplinary action.
- No felony convictions.
- Any financial accounts referred to collections, written or charged off will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may be cause for disqualification.
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
- 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
Police Service Aide Academy
The Albuquerque Police Department’s Police Service Aide Academy provides each PSA with the classroom knowledge and practical skills necessary to function as a PSA. Classroom instruction areas include the criminal justice system, law, physical fitness, patrol and traffic investigations. These areas are taught by the Police Academy certified instructors.
A PSA assists officers on patrol with traffic accidents, misdemeanor offenses, delivery of paperwork, parking enforcement and many other duties and responsibilities. The PSA program allows PSAs to learn about the Albuquerque Police Department’s policies and procedures prior to entering the Police Academy as a Police Cadet. Two years as a PSA will waive the college/military requirement for Police Officer/Cadet.