Santa Fe County-The New Mexico State Police is proud to announce the commencement of the 86th recruit class. The class began the twenty two week adventure on Sunday July 21st, 2013 with fifty-four Recruits starting the academy. The State Police Academy is a paramilitary, live in, boot camp.
The recruits get only a few weekends off to themselves and families for the duration of the academy. It is in this strictest of environments that the recruits are instilled with pride, discipline, rank structure, and attention to detail. All these traits are what make a well natured and versed State Police Officer. And it is this discipline that keeps them vigilant at all times when working in rural New Mexico, alone, to provide the utmost professional service and safety to our citizens.
From Farmington to Hobbs, Lordsburg to Clayton, Taos to Socorro; motorists and residents will see an influx of men and women wearing the “black and gray” and patrolling the roads in the well known” black and whites.”
These recruits all went through a very rigorous process to make the cut for the academy. This started off with a physical assessment to test their endurance and to see if they can meet the strenuous daily doings of the State Police academy. After the Physical assessment they took a written exam, then off to a polygraph. A background investigation was completed as well as an oral panel interview.
This was followed up with a Psychological and a full medical evaluation. This entire process takes anywhere from four to six months from start to finish. We had over two thousand people show interest in this academy, with five hundred of those starting the testing process. Only fifty-four of the finest applicants are now in the cradle of skilled occupation. The 54 that were selected by Chief Shilling are an exceptional group and we look forward to having them join the ranks of the New Mexico State Police.
Family members and friends can follow them through their journey on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez