- 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
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
- No felony convictions. Criminal activity in which applicant has been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendere 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 contendere 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 and may be cause for disqualification (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 collections will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Must have successfully completed a basic military police course and completed a four year enlistment as a military police officer in the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force, or United States Navy. Persons serving in the United States Coast Guard and Department of Defense police do not meet occupational requirements. Members who have only served in the National Guard or Reserves are not eligible for the certification by waiver program.
- Individuals meeting the aforementioned qualifications must have successfully completed basic military training from one of the following military police courses for the military branch they served.
- U.S. Army after 9/1/2003
- U.S. Marine Corps after 9/1/2003
- U.S. Air Force after 9/1/2005
- U.S. Navy after 9/1/2005
- Military Cert by waiver applicants – Before applying, must contact the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (1-505-827-9252) 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 15 Repetitions
- Test #2: 1.5 Mile Run 15:14 (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
- Written Psychological Exam
- Personal History Statement
- Background Investigation
- Polygraph Exam
- Psychological Interview
- Chief’s Selection Board
- Medical Exam/Drug Screen
Waiver Officers must attend a Lateral Police Academy. The Lateral Police Academy is a condensed 7 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. Military Certification by Waiver applicants will need to successfully pass the state Law Enforcement Officer Certification Examination administered by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. If the applicant does not pass the certification exam, the applicant 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.
Please read before applying:
- Before applying, you must fill out and submit the New Mexico Department of Public Safety Certification By Waiver Packet 1.To ensure your state certification is recognized and approved by the State of New Mexico contact: (NMDPS) the New Mexico Department of Public Safety at (1-505-827-9252)
- Once you have received confirmation that it will transfer, please submit your application.