The Application Process



Create An Account: To begin the process, create an account, the first step to the on-line application. A recruiter will contact you by either phone or email. Interested applicants may also call the NMSP Training & Recruiting Bureau at 505-827-9200. We will answer any questions you have about the Academy and provide information about the next Academy’s start date.

On-line Application: Complete the on-line Cadet application through your nmsp.com account. Be detailed and honest on your application. Because you will fill in written information, you may prefer to complete the application on a desktop computer. If there is no scheduled Academy when you complete your application, you will automatically be considered for our next scheduled session.

Physical Fitness Test and Written Test: After the application has been submitted, an NMSP recruiter will contact you. The recruiter will go over your application with you, then schedule the physical fitness test and written test in Santa Fe. The standards for the physical fitness test are listed below. The written test is an assessment of reading comprehension, grammar, and mathematics.

Polygraph Examination: Once you pass the physical fitness and written tests, the recruiter will contact you and schedule you for a polygraph examination.

Background Investigation: The background investigation will be completed for those who successfully pass the polygraph examination.

Oral Board: After successfully passing the background investigation, you will have an oral board interview in front of a panel of NMSP Officers, who will ask you questions about yourself, your background, and your reasons for wanting to join the NMSP.

Psychological Evaluation and Medical Screening: The next steps in the process, are the psychological evaluation and medical screening. If you successfully pass the psychological evaluation, you will receive a conditional officer of employment, based on successfully passing the medical screening and Chief’s Selection.

Chief’s Selection: At the end of the selection process, the Chief of the New Mexico State Police evaluates all of the application packets of those who successfully pass through the application process, and the chief selects the top candidates for spots in the NMSP Recruit School.

 

ENTRANCE PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS
Aerobic Power 1.5 Mile Run 15:54 (minutes:seconds)
Anaerobic Power 300 Meter Run 71 seconds
Muscular Endurance 1 minute maximum number of
sit-ups
27 repetitions
Upper Body Strength 1 minute maximum number of
push-ups
15 repetitions
EXIT PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARDS
Aerobic Power 1.5 Mile Run 14:15 (minutes:seconds)
Anaerobic Power 300 Meter Run 64 seconds
Muscular Endurance 1 minute maximum number of
sit-ups
37 repetitions
Upper Body Strength 1 minute maximum number of
push-ups
25 repetitions