Thank you for submitting your application. (If you have not yet submitted an application, click here.) Contact NMSP Recruiting at (505) 827-9200 or (575) 202-2101 to have your application screened by a recruiter if you have not already been contacted. Once a recruiter has screened your application, you can then be scheduled for a physical fitness and academic testing date.
The initial testing phase consists of the physical agility assessment and written examination, both of which are conducted on the day of scheduled testing. PT or workout attire is recommended for testing. You must also bring a valid driver’s license with you (can be from any state).
Testing requirements are as follows:
- 1.5-mile run: 15:54 or less above 6,000’ elevation
- 1.5-mile run: 15:14 or less below 6,000’ elevation
- 300m sprint: 71 seconds or less
- Pushups: 15 or more in 1 minute
- Sit ups: 27 or more in 1 minute
- *Written exam: Score of 70% or higher (The National POST exam, Form D)
After you have successfully completed the initial testing phase, the next phases are as follows:
- Polygraph examination
- Background investigation
- Oral Panel review board
- Psychological evaluation
- Medical evaluation
- Chief’s selection
We know the process may seem long and tedious, but it can go very quickly depending on your availability. The sooner you can be scheduled for your initial testing date and polygraph examination, the sooner we can get you scheduled for the next steps in the process. The oral panel review boards and psychological evaluations are done on the same day. The medical evaluations are done the day after. You do not have to be present for Chief’s selection. Out-of-state applicants will be required to make two trips into New Mexico in order to complete the process.
Prior to graduating from the Academy, the Chief makes every effort to station officers where they have requested to work, as he understands the importance of family and happiness. As a New Mexico State Police officer, you are not restricted to working in one small area. You will have the opportunity to work, live in, and explore areas throughout the state if you choose to.
We look forward to assisting you in your career with the New Mexico State Police. Thank you!
*If you are an individual with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in the testing process, please contact the DPS ADA Coordinator, Vanessa Willock, at (505) 827-9185 at your earliest opportunity (no later than four (4) weeks prior to your test date).
If you need information in another language, please call 1-505-827-9185
Other Testing Locations
These locations will test upon request.
(NOTE: Some dates may not be available.)