Three Step

Application Process

Step 1

Fill out your application and choose one of the available testing dates.

Current Openings (all testing currently 2 days)

  • May 22-23, 2021
  • June 5-6, 2021
  • June 19-20, 2021

Step 2

For testing the following will be completed:

  • City entrance exam
  • Personal history statement
  • Physical abilities test
  • Nelson Denny exam
  • Additional documents
  • Becoming a Police Officer

Step 3

After testing, you will be assigned a background detective and will complete the following.

  • Written psychological exam
  • Background investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological assessment
  • Chief’s selection
  • Executive review
  • City of Albuquerque employment application
  • Medical exam and drug screen

WHICH DESCRIBES YOU BEST?

See what career paths are available based on your skills and characteristics

Touch a patch to learn about the unit!

Diplomatic

Can you de-escalate a situation and enjoy establishing relationships?

Mission Oriented

When you’re on a mission, nothing else matters.

Investigative

Do you catch the small details that others might miss?

Administrative

Are you naturally organized and have an understanding of processes?

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At the APD Police Academy you will receive the best police instruction in the Nation. APD’s instructors are highly trained and will give you all the tools you need to succeed in your path as a police officer. Instructors generally work Monday – Friday, dayshift hours.
Academy Recruiting patch
The APD Recruiting Unit is responsible for finding new officers and assisting with the hiring process. Generally the recruiting unit works dayshift Monday-Friday but can work varying hours depending on recruiting events.
Air Support patch
APD’s Air Support Unit operates and maintains APD’s Aircraft. They will teach you everything you need to know to one day be in the pilot’s seat! The Air Support Unit’s hours vary greatly and can include dayshift, swing shift, and graveyard.
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The Auto-Theft Unit works hard every day to locate and recover stolen vehicles, and identify the offenders. The Auto-Theft Unit works varying hours and days to accomplish their goals and are always looking for motivated personalities to join up!
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Not to be confused with the Air-Support Unit, the Aviation Unit works at the Albuquerque Sunport. They work hand and hand with federal authorities to provide safety and security to the Albuquerque Sunport. They work Dayshift, Swing shift, and have a Graveyard Shift.
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A branch of the Field Services Bureau, the Bike Unit is attached to a dayshift or swing shift Field Services Team. To be a Bike Officer you have to be physically prepared to work “hot spots” in high crime area. To be a bicycle officer, physical fitness is a must.
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The Bomb Unit works with Federal Agencies as well as being a part of the Tactical Team (SWAT). The Bomb Unit operates a bomb robot and drones to assist with safety and security during bomb emergencies. The Bomb Unit is deployed with the SWAT team due to the utility of the bomb robot in locating suspects in dangerous areas. Be prepared to be on-call 24/7 but generally work a dayshift.
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Housed at the APD Crime Labratory, the Major Crime Scene Team is responsible for locating and cataloging items of evidentiary value. Have an interest in photography? Then the Major Crime Unit is for you! Additionally, you will receive a wealth of training in recognizing and gathering evidence. The Crime Scene Team works dayshift, but are an on-call unit who responds when needed.
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The crisis intervention team has both uniformed and non-uniformed branches. A “CIT” detective is responsible for both training the department in crisis intervention and conducting follow up with subjects suffering from mental illness to ensure they have the resources needed to prevent escalation. The Crisis Intervention Unit also has Mobile Crisis Team uniformed officers who team up with a mental health professional to offer on the spot care for subjects suffering from a crisis. This often means a mental health transport.
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The Crisis Negotiation Team responds to critical incidents where communication needs to be established with barricaded subjects. Verbal de-escalation, patience, and mental stamina is required to be a member. Have what it takes? CNT is an on-call unit who responds when needed.
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Downtown Officers do it all foot patrol, Bike Patrol, and Vehicle Patrol. They work in the iconic Downtown area to reduce crime and create a safe environment for th Downtown Community. To be a Downtown Officer you must be able and willing to create meaningful relationships with the population of the Downtown Area. Downtown Officers generally work dayshift but will adjust their schedule occasionally for special events.
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Drunk Driving kills many Americans every year. Be a part of the solutions by joining the DWI Unit and stopping drunk drivers! The DWI Unit Works Swing and Graveyard and most holidays, providing safety and security to travelers on the road. Hard work is a must in this unit.
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In Field Services you will be on uniformed patrol responding to calls for service. Field Officers work in teams of eight officers who report to one sergeant. Hours and days off vary but are generally four 10 hour shifts on either dayshift, swing shift, or graveyard shift. FSB Officers are the backbone of the department and everything starts with YOU!
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To be a Field Training Officer referred to as “FTO’s”, you have to be highly motivated and patient. FTO’s teach new officers how to do the job. Upon graduating the Academy all officers are assigned to On The Job Training “OJT”. Your FTO will guide you through OJT and craft you into a model officer!
Gang Unit patch
There are over 100 types of street gangs in Albuquerque and they are an all too common source of criminal activity. Identify and arrest violent gang members by joining APD’s Gang Unit. Work as a non-uniformed officer to identify and track gang activity. The Gang Unit works varying hours.
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As a non-uniformed member of the Homicide Unit, you will be responsible for bringing justice to homicide offenders. Attention to detail and steadfast nerves are needed to be a homicide detective. To be a homicide detective you have to start out by proving you have the investigatory skills needed to put together complex cases.
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Honor Guard is a collateral duty. Honor Guard Officers must have the ability to prepare a formal uniform and work as a team during a multitude of events such as funeral services, and events that call for flag presentation.
K9 Unit patch
K-9 Officers are a unique part of the Tactical Team. K-9 Officers work alongside man’s best friend to locate and take offenders into custody. If you love dogs this is the place for you! See if you have what it takes to be a K-9 handler.
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The horse mounted unit is not just for show. The HMU is deployed during protests, demonstrations, and civil disturbances to assist with croud control and management. In addition the HMU performs seek and rescue operations in the City and sometimes partners with other agencies.
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The Open Space Unit responds to calls requiring special vehicles such as airboats, ATV’s, 4wheel drive trucks, and mountain bikes. Open Space officers are also tought how to perform rescues from dangerous areas such as mountainsides and rivers.
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An APD Police Service Aide is a civilian member of APD who wants to learn the basics of what it takes to be a police officers. PSA’s handle administrative duties and respond to low priority calls and write reports. Most PSA’s join the ranks of APD after turning 21.
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APD’s School Resource Unit takes calls at Albuquerque area schools. The SRO unit builds relationships with schools to increase trust in the police department and ensure schools are provide with a safe secure environment. SRO’s work dayshift hours.
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Search and Rescue is a collateral duty. As a member of the search and rescue team you will receive training in rendering aide to those who become lost or stranded in hard to reach locations. Search and Rescue is on an on-call basis, so be prepared to respond anytime you are needed!
SWAT patch
APD’s SWAT Team is highly trained and ready to respond at a moments notice. To join APD SWAT you must serve a minimum of five years as an officer and then pass a rigorous fitness test and probationary period. Pass the test and you will be a member of one the most elite teams in the Nation. The SWAT team is on-call 24/7 but normal working hours are dayshift.
Traffic patch
If you enjoy riding motorcycles then the APD Traffic Unit is the place to be. The Traffic Unit conducts operations on APD’s roadways to encourage safe driving. Traffic Officers must be able to pass proficiency tests on motorcycle operations and also traffic accident reconstruction. The traffic unit also supports dignitaries who pass through Albuquerue by providing escorts and traffic control. The traffic unit generally works dayshift but sometimes adjust hours for night time operations.

Meet the

Recruiting Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Rahimi

Alex Rahimi

Recruiter/Detective

Alex Rahimi joined the Recruiting unit in October of 2019.  Alex has been with APD since 2013 and spent the majority of his career in the Field Service Bureau responding to calls for service from the community.  During that time, he received certifications as a Field Training Officer, C.A.R.E. Officer (Child Abuse Response), and Enhanced Crisis Intervention!  Alex is now a Detective and works in the Recruiting Unit. Contact Alex so he can share his experiences to help you make an informed decision. Alex would also love to hear your story!

Michelle English

Michelle English

Recruiter/Detective

Michelle English joined APD almost 16 years ago.  She spent 6 years as a patrol officer before transferring to the Crimes Against Children Unit (CACU) where she worked diligently to protect victims of child abuse.  After spending 5 years in CACU,  Michelle transferred to the Child Exploitation Detail (CED) for three years.  While in CED and CACU, she was a part-time collateral Background Investigator and member of the Honor Guard.  In 2018, Michelle transferred to the Recruiting Unit.  Michelle is driven to help you join the best department in the nation!

Tim Wolffbrandt

Tim Wolffbrandt

Recruiter/Detective

Tim Wolffbrandt is a full-time recruiter and does part time duty with the APD Bomb Unit.  Detective Wolffbrandt responds to some of the most dangerous calls an officer can face but does so to protect the citizens of Albuquerque!  Detective Wolffbrandt not only serves our City, he also serves the country as a member of the Air National Guard.  Contact Detective Wolffbrandt to learn more!

James Demsich

James Demsich

Recruiter/Detective

James Demsich has been with APD since 2007. He has worked extensively in the Field Service Bureau.  Detective Demsich was a Field Training Officer, Emergency Response Team Member, Collateral Diver, and a Bicycle Officer.  Detective Demsich has a wealth of knowledge to share and wants to help you get your career started with APD.  Give him a call to get more info!

Richard Garcia

Richard Garcia

Recruiter/Civilian

Richard Garcia retired from the Albuquerque Police Department in 2011.  He now works part-time as a civilian recruiter.  Prior to his retirement he worked in a variety of units including Narcotics, Vice Unit, Bike Unit, and the Field Service Bureau.  He came to APD as a Lateral Officer from Los Lunas.  He wants to continue to serve by bringing in qualified applicants like you!

Peter Silva

Peter Silva

Recruiting Unit Sergeant

Sergeant Peter Silva joined the Police Department in 2005 and the Recruiting Unit in 2020.  During his career he has been a Field Investigator, Field Training Officer, Emergency Response Team Member, and has had collateral duties as a C.A.R.E Officer and Enhanced Crisis Intervention Officer. Sergeant Silva was also a member of several community policing initiatives such as the Police and Communities Together Unit, and Proactive Response Team.  He now oversees the Recruiting Unit and is working hard to bring the best candidates to serve as Police Officers for the City of Albuquerque!

IF I CAN,

YU CAN

Listen to officers share their stories on why they became police officers