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Recruiting & Training Academy

Police Academy

The Las Cruces Police Department is not accepting applications for cadets at this time. LCPD anticipates to again advertise for applicants in the Spring of 2019.

LCPD is accepting applications for lateral transfers (commissioned LEOs in good standing from other law enforcement agencies). For information on lateral transfers, contact Sgt. Eric Urenda via email or at (575) 541-2761.

Feel free to learn about our Academy, and what it takes to be a cadet, below:

Applicants selected for a written and physical fitness tests must also submit a Personal History Statement and Physical Fitness Exam Waiver to the LCPD Academy. The Personal History Statement, Physical Fitness Exam Waiver and Primary Fitness Standards can be found online via the links below. The documents should be printed, completed, notarized and turned into the LCPD Academy as soon as possible.

Police Cadet Entry Requirements and Disqualifiers

Personal History Statement

Physical Fitness Exam Waiver

2017 Primary Fitness Screening Standards

The Las Cruces Police Department is a team of dedicated individuals who work with the community to create and maintain a safe, secure environment for our residents. We are a diverse organization reflecting the various cultures which exist here, and offering many different opportunities in which to promote the safety of the unique and growing community in which we live.

If you are a dynamic, service-oriented individual with a desire to make a difference in our community, consider a career opportunity with the Las Cruces Police Department.

We are looking for men and women to serve as peace officers in our rapidly expanding law enforcement agency. We serve a diverse community of more than 90,000 residents with state-of-the-art equipment and policing program that enables us to make a difference in the quality of life of our residents.

As a police recruit, you will receive training at our state accredited Law Enforcement Training Academy, including physical conditioning and a comprehensive curriculum of law enforcement instruction.

The LCPD Academy is Certified by the VA for GI Bill benefits


  • A comprehensive benefits package including education incentive, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave days
  • Worker's compensation, paid overtime or compensatory time
  • 25 year retirement plan and generous retirement savings programs
  • Promotional opportunities and special assignments
  • Excellent health care plans

Applicants are given a comprehensive Personal History Statement to complete which will be used for the background investigation. The following testing procedures must then be successfully completed:

  • Background Investigation
  • Oral Review Board
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Psychological Examination & Interview
  • Complete Medical Examination
  • Drug Screen

Once hired, police recruits attend the Las Cruces Police Academy; a State accredited Law Enforcement Training Academy. With an emphasis on physical conditioning, the recruit also receives instruction in a variety of law enforcement topics.

Upon graduation from the police academy, the new officer is assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) as part of the Field Training & Evaluation Program, a 14 week phase of on-the-job training. During this phase, the new officer is instructed and closely supervised by various FTOs. The new officer is on probationary status for one year from the date of graduation from the police academy.

Lt. Joy Mickendrow oversees LCPD's Professional Development and the Academy. She can be reached at (575) 528-4730.

Sgt. Eric Urenda can answer all your questions about the Academy and can be reached, directly, at (575) 541-2761.

LCPD’s Police Academy can be reached via e-mail or by telephone at (575) 541-2766.