New Mexico Administrative Code
Title 10 - PUBLIC SAFETY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
Chapter 29 - LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY
Part 6 - CERTIFICATION BY WAIVER
Section 10.29.6.8 - REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICERS

Universal Citation: 10 NM Admin Code 10.29.6.8

Current through Register Vol. 33, No. 18, September 27, 2022

A. To be eligible for certification by waiver of basic training, such applicants shall be required to successfully meet all qualifications for police officer admission as set forth in Section 29-7-6 NMSA 1978 (Repl. Pamp. 1997).

B. All applicants must submit a required two-part application packet.

(1) Part I of the packet contains materials documenting employment history, training and certification status, and previous training to be used by the academy board to make a determination of whether the applicant has completed a basic law enforcement training program that is comparable to, or exceeds, the standards of the programs of the academy.

(2) Part II of the packet contains the application for admission and certification; employment verification; completion of a medical and psychological evaluation; criminal history; fingerprint affidavit; waiver of liability; release of information; notarized copy of high school diploma, general education development (GED) certificate, or college diploma; applicant affidavit of United States (U.S.) citizenship or proof of U.S. citizenship; applicant affidavit of proof of current valid driver's license; and a notarized copy of DD214, only applicable if an applicant has military service. Applicants must meet these requirements to be eligible for the certification by waiver program.

C. Once an applicant has successfully met the aforementioned requirements, the applicant shall complete one of the following paths to successfully meet the certification requirements:

(1) The applicant's agency will provide documentation attesting to the applicant's successful completion of 80 hours of accredited training. Upon review and approval of submitted documentation of aforementioned training, the applicant will then be eligible to challenge, and must successfully pass with a minimum score of seventy percent, the law enforcement officer's certification examination (LEOCE).

(2) If the applicant is unable to complete any of 80 hours of accredited training, or did not successfully pass the LEOCE, the applicant will be required to attend 80 hour certification by waiver training program and successfully pass with a minimum score of seventy percent the LEOCE.

D. Applicants will have two opportunities to successfully pass the LEOCE. If an applicant is unable to pass the LEOCE after two attempts he or she will be required to attend and pass the basic police officer training program.

E. For the purposes of certification by waiver of previous training, pursuant to Section 29-7-10 NMSA 1978 (Repl. Pamp. 1997), the academy board has adopted the following formula to be applied to individuals who have not completed a comparable basic training program: applicants will be given credit for previous certified law enforcement experience at the rate of 40 hours per year for each year of service, up to but not to exceed 10 years, for a total of 400 hours, and the applicant will receive credit for advanced training, up to but not to exceed 400 hours. Applicant experience and training must be equivalent to the current minimum standards of training curriculum in effect at the time of application, unless such deficiencies are covered in the certification by waiver program.

11-25-89, 1-30-93, 10-1-97, 1-1-98, 1-1-99, 6-1-99, 12-31-99; 10.29.6.8 NMAC - Rn, 10 NMAC 29.6.8, 7/1/01; A, 01/01/04; A/E, 8/1/12, Adopted by New Mexico Register, Volume XXVII, Issue 21, November 15, 2016, eff. 11/15/2016

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