ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There’s a new way to become a cop in New Mexico.
Central New Mexico Community College announced on Monday that it is launching the CNM Law Enforcement Academy next year. The inaugural class will head to the Albuquerque Police Department after graduation.
Growing the ranks of the Albuquerque Police Department is a priority for Mayor Tim Keller’s administration. Albuquerque police has about 880 officers. Ten years ago, there were 1,100 officers but, over the past six years, the number dwindled to a low of 831.
“As a community college, we are here to support the educational and workforce needs of our community,” CNM President Katharine Winograd said.