Applications accepted for LCPD’s academy

Applications accepted for LCPD’s academy
Courtesy LCPD
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 9:00am

The Las Cruces Police Department is now accepting applications for its 44th training academy that is tentatively set to begin in September 2014.

Applications for the 44th training academy need to be received by the City of Las Cruces no later than May 5. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application well in advance of the closing date.

For the first time, the Las Cruces Police Department is offering physical training practice courses in advance of the actual Physical Training Test. The practice courses will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Las Cruces High School track, located off Boutz Road. The courses will be held March 15, March 29, April 12 and April 26. Physical fitness instructors and LCPD Academy instructors will be on hand to provide guidance and answer questions.

The actual Physical Training Test will be held in May.

The starting salary for cadets, those who are accepted into the academy, is $15.50 per hour. Upon graduation from the 20-week academy, officer trainees earn $17.83 per hour and are eligible for a $3,000 retention bonus. Officer trainees who successfully complete their one-year probationary status earn a salary of $20.99 per hour, or approximately $43,600 annually.

The Las Cruces Police Department’s academy provides more than 1,000 hours of law enforcement education and training. The bulk of the academy – around 75 percent of it – is classroom instruction while the remaining 25 percent is field training in and around Las Cruces.

Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens, at least 19 years old when the academy begins, and have at least a high school diploma and no felony convictions. Additional requirements can be seen on the Las Cruces Police Department’s website.

Additional information – including fitness standards and a personal history statement that’s a required part of the application – are available on the Las Cruces Police Department’s website,, under the “Recruitment” tab.

For more information on the Las Cruces Police Department academy call (575) 541-2766.

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