Lateral Entry

Lateral Entry Requirements / Information

The Las Cruces Police Department is seeking experienced police officers to fill vacancies within the department. CLICK HERE TO APPLY: Police Officer - Lateral 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