A MESSAGE TO OUT OF STATE APPLICANTS
We receive many inquiries from individuals from states other than New Mexico who are interested in becoming police officers. Our Academy will work for some, but for the vast majority of out of state individuals, it probably is not the best choice for becoming a police officer in another state.
Our Academy is located in New Mexico. Our curriculum is established by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and meets the requirements for police officer certification in the State of New Mexico. Other states may accept our training for certification. The only way to know if your state will accept our training is to find out from the entity in your state that establishes police officer standards of training. It is usually a state government level agency.
There are many different processes in use to provide police officers basic training. Even within a particular state, there may be more than one way to obtain your police officer certification. One of the best pieces of advice I can give is for the applicant to contact the agency they are interested in working for and ask about the hiring process and how basic training and certification is done.
The process for basic training and certification may include one of the following:
- The law enforcement agency may have their own police academy. Many of the larger agencies run their own academies. These agencies often hire applicants with no previous law enforcement training. As their first assignment, the applicant is sent to the academy. They are getting paid to be there.
- The law enforcement agency may send the applicant to an academy that is run either by the state or some other regional authority. This situation is similar to the one above, only the academy is not part of the agency. The applicant is being paid to attend the academy as part of the job assignment.
- The individual may elect to attend an academy as a "self-sponsored" candidate. These types of academies are often run by colleges and universities, but also may be run by a state or local governmental entity. This system may be required by the state before the candidate can become employed, or the candidate may elect to do this as a means of becoming more employable by having the academy training before applying for a job. The individual is paying tuition or other fees to attend and is usually not being paid by an agency to be there.
There also may be other systems that I am not aware of. This is how it is done in New Mexico. After contacting your local law enforcement agencies, if you feel that we can be of service to you. Please contact us.