Recruit School Selection Process

The selection process to become a New Mexico State Police Officer is extremely competitive, and we only hire a small fraction of those who begin the application process. We are looking for an elite group of mature, responsible, and professional individuals who choose to make a difference in our society by dedicating themselves to serving and protecting others.

The Application Process

On-line Application: To begin the process, create an account and complete the on-line application, which you can find by clicking the application tab on this website. Be detailed and honest on your application.

Physical Fitness Test and Written Test: After the application has been submitted, an NMSP recruiter will contact you. The recruiter will go over your application with you, then schedule the physical fitness test and written test in Santa Fe. The standards for the physical fitness test are listed below. The written test is an assessment of reading comprehension, grammar, and mathematics.

Polygraph Examination: Once you pass the physical fitness and written tests, the recruiter will contact you and schedule you for a polygraph examination.

Background Investigation: The background investigation will be completed for those who successfully pass the polygraph examination.

Oral Board: After successfully passing the background investigation, you will have an oral board interview in front of a panel of NMSP Officers, who will ask you questions about yourself, your background, and your reasons for wanting to join the NMSP.

Psychological Evaluation and Medical Screening: The next steps in the process, are the psychological evaluation and medical screening. If you successfully pass the psychological evaluation, you will receive a conditional officer of employment, based on successfully passing the medical screening and Chief’s Selection.

Chief’s Selection: At the end of the selection process, the Chief of the New Mexico State Police evaluates all of the application packets of those who successfully pass through the application process, and the chief selects the top candidates for spots in the NMSP Recruit School.

NMSP Recruit School: The NMSP Recruit School is a rigorous and disciplined residential academy, located in Santa Fe. Many who accept employment as recruits in the NMSP Recruit
School choose to quit, or are let go, prior to graduation; however, those who graduate from the Recruit School are commissioned officers with the NMSP and uphold a proud tradition of law enforcement within the State of New Mexico.

ENTRANCE PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS
Aerobic Power1.5 Mile Run15:54 (minutes:seconds)
Anaerobic Power300 Meter Run71 seconds
Muscular Endurance1 minute maximum number of
sit-ups
27 repetitions
Upper Body Strength1 minute maximum number of
push-ups
15 repetitions
EXIT PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS
Aerobic Power1.5 Mile Run14:15 (minutes:seconds)
Anaerobic Power300 Meter Run64 seconds
Muscular Endurance1 minute maximum number of
sit-ups
37 repetitions
Upper Body Strength1 minute maximum number of
push-ups
25 repetitions

Selection Process for Out of State Applicants: Out of state applicants first fill out the on-line application. The recruiter will contact you to schedule the first of your two trips to Santa Fe, NM, to complete the process. You are responsible for the cost of the travel to Santa Fe. The first trip will be for a total of 2 days. The first day will include the Physical Fitness Test and the Written Test. The second day will be the polygraph. The second trip will be for a total of two days as well. The first day will include the Oral Board and Psychological Evaluation. The second day will be the Medical Screening.