Las Cruces PD now accepting applications for training academy

Las Cruces PD now accepting applications for training academy
City of Las Cruces
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:15pm

If you're looking for a job in law enforcement, the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) is hiring.

LCPD is now accepting applications for its 44th training academy that is tentatively set to begin in September 2014.

You must submit your application to the City of Las Cruces no later than May 5, 2014.

Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early.

For the first time, the Las Cruces Police Department is offering physical training practice courses to help applicants prepare for 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.

For more information, visit , under the "Recruitment" tab, or call the Las Cruces Police Department academy at (575) 541-2766.

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