CNM Launches New Police Academy
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller talks about how the new CNMLEA will benefit Albuquerque and APD during Monday's press conference.

CNM Launches New Police Academy

The Central New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy will train APD recruits starting in January.
October 22, 2018

Beginning in January, Central New Mexico Community College will launch the Central New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (CNMLEA) to support the police cadet training needs of law enforcement agencies across central New Mexico.

The first CNMLEA will begin with CNM’s Spring Term in late January and will train around 20 police cadets from the Albuquerque Police Department, which partnered with CNM to initiate discussions and the development of the new academy.

After initial discussions with APD, CNM reached out to law enforcement agencies throughout the region to determine whether there were needs beyond APD. There was strong support among many of the regional law enforcement agencies. The CNM-based academy will help address the workforce demand for more police cadets throughout central New Mexico while also providing a collegiate, high-quality education and training environment for cadets to learn the law enforcement profession.

“The only way we’re going to truly make our neighborhoods safe is to work as One Albuquerque,” Mayor Tim Keller said. “That means working together and embracing innovative approaches to putting more officers on the streets. We stepped up as a city to hire more officers, and CNM is stepping up to partner with APD to create more opportunities to train police officers.”

Other Law enforcement agencies that are supporting and plan to participate in the CNMLEA include: Rio Rancho Police Department, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, Village of Corrales Police Department, Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, Los Lunas Police Department, Cibola County Sheriff’s Office, Torrance County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo of Laguna Police Department, Moriarty Police Department, Pueblo of Isleta Police Department, and the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

APDpressRelease-1.jpg“As a community college, we are here to support the educational and workforce training needs of our community,” said CNM President Katharine Winograd. “We are honored to partner with APD and law enforcement agencies around our region to help in the education and training of the next generation of police officers, which is such an important cause for our communities. CNM will contribute our expertise as educators to help develop outstanding police officers who will protect and serve our beloved communities.”

“Our priority is to rebuild our ranks at APD and put the department in the best position to tackle crime from all sides,” APD Chief Michael Geier said. “CNM had an existing program and the experience in working with industries to build a specific workforce to fit their needs. We thought this would be a perfect partnership, especially as we shift APD’s focus to community policing.”

Each Spring Term, CNM will provide a 17-week basic police academy training for APD’s recruits and another 17-week basic police academy training in CNM’s Fall Term to train recruits from surrounding law enforcement agencies. Cadets who participate in the academy will be sponsored by the police departments.

The CNMLEA will be within CNM’s School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety, which has existing programs in Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Science and Fitness. All police cadets in New Mexico are taught through standardized curriculum designed by the New Mexico Department of Safety. At the CNMLEA, the curriculum will be taught by CNM instructors who are subject matter experts and the academy will cover everything from criminal justice academic coursework to firearms training. The academic courses will take place on CNM’s Westside Campus with physical, hands-on training such as firearms training taking place at APD facilities for both APD cadets and non-APD cadets.

The cadets will graduate from the CNMLEA as police officers and then complete their final training and certifications with their respective police departments. During the academy, cadets will earn 32 college credits that can be applied toward a degree in Criminal Justice. During the 17-week academy, cadets will be in classes or training from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.