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Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy

New Mexico Junior College is the site of the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (SNMLEA). This is a satellite program sanctioned by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This academy is taught by experienced and certified personnel including law enforcement officers, attorneys, criminal justice practitioners, and other state certified professional trainers in specialized areas.

The mission of the SNMLEA is to provide a superior academic and vocational basic law enforcement training program which shall remain under constant evaluation ensuring the curriculum meets the needs of students pursuing a career as professional law enforcement officers.

The academy curriculum includes 657 hours of classroom and practical training in a wide variety of areas. Students complete examinations on a weekly basis and are required to maintain academic scores of at least 70% and practical skills of at least 80% Cadets are held to a high standard of conduct, academic achievement and performance. Cadets who complete the basic academy will earn 32 academic credit hours from New Mexico Junior College, all of which may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.

General Program Information

The SNMLEA program is a New Mexico state-approved course of basic training for law enforcement officers. The course of instruction prepares you for police officer certification by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board.

SNMLEA abides by all laws as established by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Act, Chapter 29, Article 7 NMSA 1978, and will follow all Rules and Regulations as set by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board. SNMLEA conducts two academy programs a year, one in January and one in August. The program includes 657 hours of instruction (16 weeks) and emphasizes high academic and stringent conduct standards. All classes are scheduled to meet 40 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some evening classes will be required.

You may either be sponsored by a law enforcement agency or you may be self-sponsored. Law enforcement agencies do recruiting during every class and some unsponsored cadets are hired while still attending the academy. Federal financial aid is available for this program.

For current schedule information please contact Angela Byrd, Director, SNMLEA, at abyrd@nmjc.edu or (575) 492-2715.