Police Officer Requirements – New Mexico
New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board
ARTICLE 7 LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACT NMSA 1978 Section 29-7-1 to 29-7-13
(Repl. Pamp. 2001)
Section 29-7-6. Qualifications for certification.
- An applicant for certification shall provide evidence satisfactory to the board that he:
- is a citizen of the United States and has reached the age of majority;
- holds a high school diploma or the equivalent;
- holds a valid driver’s license;
- has not been convicted of or pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or, within the three-year period immediately preceding his application, to any violation of any federal or state law or local ordinance relating to aggravated assault, theft, driving while intoxicated, controlled substances or other crime involving moral turpitude and has not been released or discharged under dishonorable conditions from any of the armed forces of the United States;
- after examination by a licensed physician, is free of any physical condition that might adversely affect his performance as a police officer or prohibit him from successfully completing a prescribed basic law enforcement training required by the Law Enforcement Training Act [29-7-1 NMSA 1978];
- after examination by a certified psychologist, is free of any emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect his performance as a police officer or prohibit him from successfully completing a prescribed basic law enforcement training required by the Law Enforcement Training Act [29-7-1 NMSA 1978];
- is of good moral character;
- has met any other requirements for certification prescribed by the board pursuant to regulations adopted by the board; and
- has previously been awarded a certificate of completion by the director attesting to the applicant’s completion of an approved law enforcement training program.
- A person employed as a police officer by any law enforcement agency in this state shall forfeit his position unless, no later than twelve months after beginning his employment as a police officer, the person satisfies the qualifications for certification set forth in Subsection A of this section and is awarded a certificate attesting to that fact.
Section 29-7-6.1. County sheriffs; training requirement.
- Every county sheriff, except sheriffs who have previously been awarded a certificate attesting to completion of a basic law enforcement training program, shall participate in and complete an administrative law enforcement training program no later than twelve months after the date he assumes office as a county sheriff.
- The director of the training and recruiting division of the department of public safety shall establish the administrative law enforcement training program for county sheriffs, subject to review and approval by the executive committee of the sheriff’s affiliate of the New Mexico association of counties.
- A county sheriff’s per diem, mileage and tuition expenses attributed to attendance at the administrative law enforcement training shall be paid for by the governing body of the county served by that sheriff. History: 1978 Comp., 29-7-6.1, enacted by Laws 1993, ch. 255, 7.
Age At least 21 years of age
Education High School Diploma or G.E.D
Citizenship US Citizen
- Holds a valid driver’s license
- No felony conviction
- Pass medical examination
- Good moral character
- Pass psychological examination
- Training certification for First Aid and CPR
- Fingerprint clearance
- Complete a New Mexico law enforcement academy basic -police training program