CNM Law Enforcement Academy

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Program Information

The Central New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (CNMLEA) is accredited by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy as a regional/satellite academy.

The CNMLEA utilizes experienced instructors who are certified in their respective subject areas. Instructors have diverse backgrounds and include active and retired law enforcement officers, attorneys, criminal justice practitioners, and other state certified professional trainers.


CNM Westside Campus (Universe Blvd. & McMahon Blvd.)
Michael J. Glennon Bldg. Rm 121

Mailing Address
10549 Universe Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114

Phone: (505) 224-3112 or (505) 224-4000 ext. 52668

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The CNMLEA utilizes the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Basic Police Officer Training (BPOT) curriculum that consists of 700+ hours of classroom and practical training in a wide variety of areas. The course of instruction prepares the cadet for the Law Enforcement Officer Certification Exam administered by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

Expectations and standards for cadets are high and they are held to a high standard of conduct, academic achievement and performance.

Academic instruction at the CNMLEA is rigorous and utilizes the CNM distance-learning platform, Brightspace, to supplement the classroom instruction. Writing assignments, quizzes and tests may be assigned and completed utilizing Brightspace. Students are subject to frequent testing, both written and practical, and are required to maintain scores that meet or exceed the standards set by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

Cadets who successfully complete the CNMLEA will earn 32 academic credit hours and a certificate of completion from CNM as well as certification as a law enforcement officer from the New Mexico law Enforcement Academy.

CNMLEA abides by all laws as established by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Act, Chapter 29, Article 7 NMSA 1978, and will follow all Rules and Regulations as set by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board.

CNMLEA conducts two 18-week training academies per year, and emphasizes high academic and stringent conduct standards. All classes are scheduled to meet 40 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, between 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some evening and Friday classes will be required.

Important Dates

Class 7 - Spring 2022

Note: Now accepting applications

November 26, 2021 - Applicant packets due to CNMLEA
December 13, 14, & 17, 2021
- Class 7 Entry Physical Assessments
January 10, 2022 - CNMLEA BPOT Class 7 Begins
May 19, 2022 - Class 7 Graduation

Class 8 - Fall 2022

Note: Now accepting applications

June 24, 2022 - Applicant packets due to CNMLEA admin office (MJG121)
July 11, 18, & 21, 2022 - Class 8 Entry Physical Assessments
August 8, 2022 - CNMLEA BPOT Class 8 Begins
December 15, 2022 - CNMLEA Class 8 Graduation

*All dates are tentative and subject to change.