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APD now has 82 Police Service Aides

Stellar class of 24 graduates add to pipeline of future officers
May 03, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department now has 82 Police Service Aides with today’s graduation of 24 people.

PSA’s are immersed in different divisions of the department. Police Service Aides play an integral role in the police department assisting with traffic crashes, traffic control, writing reports, and other administrative duties freeing up officers for more urgent calls.

“We nearly tripled the number of PSA’s, which makes a huge difference in what we can accomplish as a department,” said Chief Harold Medina. “With the division expanding exponentially, we are finding new ways to utilize our PSA’s to be as effective as possible.

Recruiting efforts for the PSA Program have been a key focus for the department for the last few years and the next class already has a handful of candidates seated with hopes to hit 100 PSAs by the end of the year. 

There is currently a $1,500 hiring bonus and requirements are as follows:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have intention of becoming a police officer
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must pass the Police Service Aide Written Examination and other required examinations
  • Must pass a Class I physical examination
  • Vision must be correct to 20/30 or better in both eyes
  • Must be a United States citizen or have a valid work permit
  • Must be able to do work shift work
  • Must not have any felony convictions
  • Must pass rigid background investigation
  • Must attempt to proceed into the sworn rank
  • Must apply for sworn rank when eligible and if rejected, must reapply for the next class

Interested candidates can apply at

For more photos of the graduation, please visit the Albuquerque Police Recruiting Instagram or Facebook.