The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe. Courtesy/LEA
SANTA FE — New Mexico law enforcement received 39 new commissioned officers and 20 telecommunications experts this week after two graduation ceremonies at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (LEA).
The Santa Fe-based LEA, a division of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, provides standards for all police officer and public safety telecommunications operator (PST) training and certification for state, county, municipal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in New Mexico .
The academy also hosts advanced and specialty courses, said Secretary of Public Safety Jason R. Bowie.
In FY2022, the LEA graduated 120 police cadets and 71 public safety telecommunications specialists (PST), commonly referred to as dispatchers, and certified 405 police officers and 93 dispatchers. In New Mexico, the LEA administers the training, accreditation and certification of New Mexico law enforcement officers and telecommunications professionals, including investigating misconduct and complying with state laws and regulations, he said.
“This marks the beginning of an exceptional law enforcement career as police officers and dispatchers. We are very pleased and encouraged to see these brave men and women returning to their communities to serve and protect their neighbors,” Bowie said.
In separate ceremonies on the Santa Fe campus, 20 telecommunications professionals from 11 agencies and 39 law enforcement officers from 21 agencies received their respective certifications.
“These cadets and dispatchers have received some of the best training available,” Bowie said.
Benjamin A. Baker, assistant secretary of the Department of Public Safety and interim director of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, said, “These individuals have chosen a noble and courageous career. We are confident that they have the skills to fulfill the day-to-day mission of their respective law enforcement agency.
“This was the final step in their transformation from ordinary citizens to law enforcement officers and dispatchers,” Baker said.
The No. 204 Class cadets completed a rigorous 17-week program of physical and classroom instruction that included training in constitutional policing in accordance with current federal and state jurisprudence. de-escalation of violence; crisis resolution; dealing with the mentally ill; conflict management; identification of trafficking in human beings within the framework of patrol operations; Ethics; cultural diversity; officer survival; bomb detection; gangs and terrorism; and community policing, Baker said.
Telecom Class #157 completed a 130-hour training course that included classes in New Mexico law, domestic violence, mental health, suicide awareness, fire/emergency response, hazardous materials (HAZMAT), critical incident management, and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) training, said Baker.
Dispatcher students completed hands-on full radio and scenario-based training and 40 hours of the nationally recognized Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Certified Telecommunications Services for Public Safety (PST) curriculum. To successfully complete the course, students were required to develop and demonstrate proficiency in the training categories and pass the APCO and New Mexico PST certification tests. The pressure to react quickly and calmly in alarming situations is a key, Baker said.
In New Mexico, the LEA administers the training, accreditation, and certification of New Mexico law enforcement officers and telecommunications professionals, including investigating misconduct and complying with state laws and regulations.
There are nine accredited satellite academies in New Mexico:
- Albuquerque Police Department;
- Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office;
- CNM Law Enforcement Academy;
- Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office;
- Las Cruces Police Department;
- New Mexico State Police;
- San Juan County Criminal Justice Training Board;
- Academy of Law Enforcement in Southeast New Mexico (Hobbs); and
- and the Law Enforcement Academy of Western New Mexico University.
Here are the roster and List of Graduates.