Police Service Aide

Police Service Aide Academy

An entry level position for those wanting to become law enforcement officers but do not yet meet the minimum requirements to do so.

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.

We are currently accepting applications for the PSA Academy.

PSA Class #26 has not been scheduled

Upcoming Two Day Testing Dates

February 16th and 17th, 2021

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: 5412 2nd Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87107 test

 

March 27th and 28th, 2021

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: 5412 2nd Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87107

February 6th and 7th, 2021

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: 5412 2nd Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87107

Practice Exams

To be determined

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 5412 2nd Street NW

To be determined

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 5412 2nd Street NW

To be determined

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 5412 2nd Street NW

City Entrance Practice Exam

PSA Exam Study Guide

Nelson Denny Exam

Job Duties

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.  

Those enrolled in college, must take a semester off in order to attend the full time, 16 week training program.  Upon completion of training, individuals can then re-enroll in college the following semester.

Selection Process

  1. Interest Card
  2. City Entrance Exam
  3. Personal History Statement
  4. Physical Abilities Test
  5. Nelson Denny Exam
  6. Additional Documents Required
  7. Written Psychological Exam
  8. Background Investigation
  9. Polygraph Exam
  10. Psychological Assessment
  11. Chief’s Selection Committee
  12. Executive Review
  13. City of Albuquerque Employment Application
  14. Medical Exam/Drug Screen

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age. 
  • You must have a valid driver’s license and obtain a New Mexico driver’s license within 30 days of your hire date.
  • You must be a United States citizen or have a valid work permit.
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • 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.
  • An applicant cannot have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Act.  Domestic related arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  
  •  No misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years from the date of initial testing. 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.
  • 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 2 years.
  •  No use in the last 2 years of any illegal misdemeanor drug (excluding marijuana).
  •  No use in the last 5 years of any illegal felony drug (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.

Physical Fitness Requirements

  • Test #1: Upper Body Strength – Number of Push-Ups in 1 Minute – Minimum 15 Repetitions 
  • Test #2: 1.5 Mile Run– Minimum 15:14 (Minutes:Seconds)
  • Test #3: 300 Meter Run– Minimum 71 Seconds
  • Test #4: Muscular Endurance – Number of Sit-Ups in 1 Minute – Minimum 27 Repetitions 

Benefits

The benefits of becoming one of Albuquerque’s finest speak for themselves.

  • Retirement
    All City of Albuquerque police officer employees, with the exception of Rehires,  participate in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA).
  • Holiday Pay
    Legal holidays for police officers shall be as follows:
    • New Year’s Day
    • Martin Luther King’s Birthday
    • President’s Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Veteran’s Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Day After Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Day Police officers shall receive holiday pay at straight time at their hourly rate for either 8 or 10 hours based on their normal work shift for all holidays not worked. In the event a police officers is required to work on a holiday, and does not exercise an option to take a floating holiday, he/she shall be paid holiday pay as mentioned above, plus time-and-one-half (1 and ½) for the first 8 hours if on a normal work shift of 10 hours, plus 2 hours straight compensatory time.A police officer may float any or all of the holidays mentioned in the above listed paragraph. A floating holiday is one that the employee may convert to vacation either eight (8) or ten (10) hours per holiday depending on their normal workday anytime after the actual holiday has occurred. A floating holiday can also be used as an additional vacation day if used within the same pay period of the holiday.
  • Compensatory Time
    Police officers will be entitled to be compensated at 1 and ½ times the officer’s rate of pay or in the form of compensatory time. Compensatory time will be computed at the rate of 1 and ½ times the hours actually worked.You have the opportunity to earn 150 hours of compensation
  • Medical, Hospitalization and Dental Insurance
    The City of Albuquerque provides medical, hospitalization and dental plans.
  • Vacation Leave Accrual
  • Sick Leave Accrual
    Sick leave will accrue as follows:

    3.70 hours per pay period

Salary

Become an Albuquerque Police Service Aide, you will receive:

  • The opportunity to have your retire after 30 years of service (25 for Police Officers).

Police Service Aide

  • $14.98/ hour

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you have a tattoo policy?

A: Yes, tattoos are permissible to be shown in public, while in the duty uniform, on the following areas:

  • Arms
  • Hands
  • Legs
Tattoos must be preapproved for their appropriateness by the Chain of Command before being displayed while in the duty uniform.

 
Q:  Do I get paid while in the police academy?

A: Yes.  You start earning salary and benefits the first day of the academy.

Q: How do I get a ride along?

A: Contact one of the six area commands and request approval through the Area Commander.

Q: How long does the selection process usually take?

A: It can take anywhere from 3 to 9 months, but it varies.

Q: How long do I have to work patrol?

A: You are on probation for one year from the date of graduation from the academy.  Depending on what specialized unit you are interested in, you may have to work a minimum of two years non-probationary (investigative units) or four years non-probationary (tactical units).

Q: If I have a background investigation done with another agency, or have a top secret clearance in the military, will APD still do a background check?

A: Yes, APD’s Background Unit will conduct its own thorough background investigation on everyone who makes it through weekend testing.

Q: How many trips will out of state applicants need to make to complete the selection process?

A: A minimum of two trips are required.  The first trip encompasses weekend testing.  The second trip encompasses the polygraph, psychological interview and  consists of the chief’s selection committee.  The medical exam will be completed once the out of state applicant moves to Albuquerque to begin the police academy.

Q: How long is the police academy?

A: The police academy is approximately 26 weeks.

Q: Is it a live in academy?

A: The academy is not a live in academy, so you are allowed to go home at the end of every day.  Cadets generally work day shift; however some swing shifts are required depending on the phase of training.

Q: Where do most applicants get dropped in the process?

A: Lying, omitting or minimizing facts is where most applicants get dropped.  Usually, the act in and of itself would not disqualify the applicant, but because an integrity violation occurs, the applicant is disqualified.

Q: Do I have to be a United States Citizen?

A: Yes, you must be a United States Citizen

Q: What if I cannot locate my high school diploma?

A: A letter from your high school on official school letter head with the school seal stating you did in fact attend and your graduation date will suffice.

Q: What if I cannot locate all the documents required prior to my testing weekend?

A: If we ask for it, we need it.  Bring what you have.  For each document you are missing, attach a sheet of paper that says what it is you are missing.  Your background file will not be worked until all documents are provided.

Q: Are you accepting lateral transfers?

A: Yes.  Please see the “becoming an officer” tab for qualifications.

Q: Can I attend college and be a Police Service Aide at the same time?

A: You can, however it will be extremely difficult.  The Police Service Aide position is full time, so your class schedule will need to be organized around your work schedule.

Q:  How can I submit an application?

A:  Please click the “Apply Now” tab from the home page.

Q: What is the age limit?

A:  There is no upper age limit, as long as you can perform the physical fitness requirements.

Q: Will I have to purchase my own gear or will the department pay for it?

A: You will need to buy your uniforms, shoes and accessories.  The department will provide a gun belt and firearm.

Q: Do I need any college credits to be eligible to test as a police cadet?

A: No.

Q: What happens after I graduate from the police academy?

A: You are on probation for the first year.  For the first four months of that probation (at minimum) you are on on-the-job training (OJT).  Each month you are with a different field training officer.  OJT is a practical application of what you learned in the police academy.

Q: What is a Notary, and how do I find one?

A: A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. Notaries can often be found at your local bank or by searching online.

Q: How do I get proof of my Selective Service Registration?

A: This link should provide you information to obtain your proof of regisitration:  https://www.sss.gov/verify/