Eligibility Requirements

General Eligibility Requirements
An applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements as provided in the NMSA 29-7-6 and 4-41-10.
  • Be a citizen of the U.S.
  • Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Hold a valid driver's license.
  • Has not been convicted or pled guilty to or entered a plea of no contest to any felony charge or, within the three-year period immediately preceding his/her 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 armed forces of the United States.
  • Is free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect their performance as a law enforcement officer or prohibit them from successfully completing prescribed basic law enforcement training required by the Law Enforcement Training Act.
  • Is of good moral character.
  • Has met any other requirements for certification prescribed by the board pursuant to regulations adopted by the board.
  • Must be 21 years of age by completion of academy (entry level) or date of hire (lateral officers).
Required Examinations
  • Written
  • Physical Ability
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination
  • Background Investigation