A service aide is an entry-level position at the police department, who wish to become a law enforcement officer. In order to become a police service aide, you will need:


  • To be 18 years old.
  • A valid driver’s license, and obtain a New Mexico driving license in 30 days of your hiring date.
  • A high school diploma (or a GED).
  • No past criminal activity records or felony convictions.
  • No misdemeanor arrests or convictions in the last 3 years.
  • No DWI convictions in the last 5 years. Multiple DWIs in the past 10 years is disqualified for the post.
  • No marijuana use in over 6 months.
  • No illegal drug use in the past 3 years.


Further requirements for service aides in the police department will require these tests:


  1. Test of upper body strength. The applicant will need to do a number of push-ups in 1 minute. A minimum of 15 is required.
  1. A 1.5-mile run in minimum 15 minutes.
  1. A 300-meter run in 71 seconds.
  1. A test of muscular endurance, in which 27 minimum sit-ups have to be performed in a minute.



Other requirements include:

  • Interest card
  • City entrance exam
  • Medical exam and drug screen
  • PIQ
  • Nelson Denny exam
  • Physical fitness test
  • Written psychological exam
  • Polygraph exam
  • Background investigation
  • Psychological interview
  • Employment application
  • Chief’s selection board