New Mexico Junior College


Basic Police Officer Training Academy


Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy


Basic Police Officer Training





                             Welcome Letter

             Entrance Requirements

             BPOT Academy Cost

             Course Descriptions

             Physical Fitness Standards

                             Academy Dress Code/Equipment

                             Academy Rules and Regulations







General Program Information

New Mexico Junior College is the site of the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (SNMLEA). This is a satellite program accredited by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This academy is taught by experienced and certified personnel including law enforcement officers, attorneys, criminal justice practitioners, and other state certified professional trainers in specialized areas.  The course of instruction prepares you for police officer certification by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board.



The academy curriculum includes 724 hours of classroom and practical training in a wide variety of areas. Students complete examinations on a weekly basis and are required to maintain passing academic scores according to SNMLEA standards. Cadets are held to a high standard of conduct, academic achievement and performance. Cadets who complete the basic academy will earn 32 academic credit hours from New Mexico Junior College, all of which may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.

SNMLEA 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. SNMLEA conducts two training academies per year. Each academy is 16-17 weeks in duration and emphasizes high academic and stringent conduct standards. All classes are scheduled to meet 40 hours per week, Monday through Thursday (some Friday's included), 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some evening classes will be required. While attending the Basic Police Officer Training Academy, cadets are required to reside in the SNMLEA dorms during the week when training is being conducted.


Our next BPOT Academy #20-44 will begin on February 9th, 2020 through June 5th, 2020.

Mandatory physical fitness pre-assessment will be on January 17th, 2020.

All applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications received after academy class has reached capacity will be placed on a waiting list. Please complete the following in order to secure your spot in the upcoming BPOT academy class.

* Complete SNMLEA BPOT Registration Form
* Download, print, and complete the law enforcement training academy Application Packet
* Prospective students MUST complete the New Mexico Junior College online Admission Application
NOTE: Completed BPOT packet MUST BE SUBMITTED to our office on or before November 25th, 2019.

If attending the academy self-sponsored, you will NOT need to submit the LEA 2-Employment Verification or LEA 82-Agency Employment Action