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28 officers graduate APD's 125th Cadet Class

May 24, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department graduated 28 police cadets today as the 125th Cadet Class. The new officers now bring the department’s total number of sworn officers to 903.


The 125th Cadet Class is now the second graduating class under Commander Renae MecDermott. Commander McDermott oversees the Police Academy and has more than 30 years of experience in federal law enforcement including time as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the Albuquerque FBI Field Office.


“APD has continued to be aggressive with recruiting and we are seeing that pay off,” said Chief Harold Medina. “Despite the challenges law enforcement has faced in the last few years, we are still seeing strong interest from qualified candidates to join the police force and help protect our community.”


About 900 applicants applied for this cadet class showing the strong interest in joining the Albuquerque Police Department.


“Albuquerque is leading the way in reform and re-imaging public safety, and this graduating class embodies the effective, trained, and community-oriented force that will lead America to a safer future,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We stand behind the badge and each cadet graduating today who will protect and strengthen our communities.”


The graduates will complete On the Job Training for 17 weeks before they work individually in the field. The department currently has cadets seated for the upcoming Cadet Class which starts June 6th. If anyone is interested in joining APD, please visit