Employment Qualifications

  • Must be 21 years of age at the time of graduation. There is no upper age limit.
  • Possess a High School Diploma or GED.
  • College Requirements:
      • Attend our Academy and receive 30 hours from an accredited college. Officers then have two years after the date of graduation to attend college part-time to meet the total requirement of 60 college hours required by law.
      • Or possess 30 college hours in any subject and attend our Academy.
      • Or possess 60 college hours in any subject. (Must have an official sealed transcript.)
      • Or have at least two years of service in the United States Military with a valid DD-214 that is not dishonorable.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be in excellent physical health with no conditions which would restrict ability to effectively perform the duties of a State Police Officer.
  • 20/30 corrected vision or 20/100 uncorrected vision, normal depth perception, and satisfactory color vision.
  • Must have no felony convictions, history of criminal activity, improper conduct, or poor driving record which may affect suitability for law enforcement work.
  • Obtain a valid New Mexico driver’s license prior to being commissioned as a New Mexico State Police Officer.
  • Must be willing to accept assignment anywhere in the state of New Mexico.