RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Four Rio Rancho Police cadets are about half-way through a new law-enforcement certification course that emphasizes community policing.
The Central New Mexico Community College course at its West Side campus uses the New Mexico Department of Public Safety curriculum, although how it’s taught is different than at other police academies in the state. When CNM began talking with law-enforcement agencies in the region about the proposed program last year, RRPD had intended to play a major part in developing and teaching the academy but ended up being unable to commit the resources to do so, said Capt. Andrew Rodriguez.
The session in which RRPD has cadets began in August, although a group of only Albuquerque Police cadets went through the CNM academy earlier this year. Program Director Raymond Fritts said the fall class includes 13 cadets from five agencies, including four cadets from RRPD.