Lateral Entry

Lateral Entry Requirements / Information

The Las Cruces Police Department occasionally seeks experienced police officers to fill vacancies within the department. For information on lateral transfers and how to apply, call the LCPD Training Academy at 575-541-2763 or email the Academy.

Lateral Officer Hiring Incentive: $20,000

With a three-year commitment.
Lateral Officer Payout Schedule Amount
At Hire $5,000
At the Completion of Field Training $5,000
One Day Prior to the End of the Probationary Year $10,000


  • Any drug usage since obtaining a peace officer certification will disqualify
  • Must have current law enforcement certification that is issued or recognized and approved by NMDPS
  • Must have a minimum of 2 years experience as a certified peace officer (not including academy time)
  • Must have never transported illegal drugs
  • Must not have a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Military
  • Must successfully complete all selection process steps
  • New Mexico certified law enforcement officers preferred
  • No convictions of domestic violence
  • No misdemeanor convictions in the last 3 years
  • Salary ranges between $41,510.26 to $47,620.78
  • Successfully complete the LCPD Field Training and Evaluation Program (up to 14 weeks)
  • Successfully complete LCPD Lateral Academy
  • Twenty years of age
  • U.S. citizen (born or naturalized)
  • United States high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Will be required to successfully complete a 1-year probationary period after being hired