An entry level position for those wanting to become law enforcement officers but do not yet meet the minimum requirements to do so.
Two years as a PSA will waive the college/military requirement for Police Officer/Cadet.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- No marijuana use within the last 6 months
- No use in the last 3 years of any illegal drug that would amount to a misdemeanor crime if found in possession (excluding marijuana).
- No use in the last 5 years of any illegal drug that would amount to a felony crime if found in possession
- 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
- 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.
Part Time Opportunities Available!
Maintain your college lottery-scholarship benefits while earning $14.12/hr AND get full City of Albuquerque employee benefits!
PSAs can now choose to work part-time. Instead of a regular 40 hour work week, PSAs can request to work either 16, 20, 24, or 28 hours per week (hours, days off, and shift dependent upon supervisory approval). Speak with a recruiter for details.