The Las Cruces Police Department is staffed by a motivated group of professional officers and civilian personnel who are committed to helping keep our city a safe place to live, work and visit. 

Jeremy Story serves as Chief of Police and oversees LCPD’s budgeted staff of 220 commissioned law enforcement officers and roughly 100 civilian personnel. The department services a city with a population of about 110,000 residents. In each of the last couple of years, officers have responded to roughly 460 calls for service each day – or about 160,000 per year. 

We continuously seek partnerships and build on established relationships to maintain the high quality of services our department provides. 

We would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the support we receive from our community. 

Feel free to browse our website to learn more about our department. Also, please consider following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

We look forward to meeting you.

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Please check back later for our next Academy.

LCPD offers generous incentives to the right candidate.

  • Up to $35,000 recruitment and retention incentive payment for new cadets.
  • $20/hour during academy; $30/hour overtime.
  • $24/hour at graduation; $36/hour overtime.
  • $26/hour after probationary year; $39/hour overtime.

Learn more about our Recruiting and Training Academy.

Text JoinLCPD to 575-376-6817 to speak with a recruiter

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The 2024 LCPD Citizen’s Police Academy is a tuition free, four-week program designed to introduce members of the community to the Las Cruces Police Department. Our first 2024 class is scheduled to begin on February 20, 2024. We have room for 20 students.

The Academy is designed to teach citizens about the philosophy, policies, and guiding principles of law enforcement and ethical conduct governing police services in our community.

Students receive classroom instruction & scenario-based training exercises by personnel for topics including, but not limited to, Search & Seizure, Criminal Law, Use of Force, Human Performance, and Crisis Intervention Techniques. Some of the exercises may require light physical activity and induce stress. 

During and after training is completed, students are given the opportunity to complete an eight-hour ride-along with a police officer. This ride-along is usually an eye-opening experience for many students as they get to see the real day-to-day activities of the police.

Student Requirements 
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 
Applicants can not have any felony convictions. 
Applicants can not have any misdemeanor or D.W.I. arrests within the last three years prior to application date. 
Applicants must pass a background check conducted by the Las Cruces Police Department. 
It is preferred applicants be a resident of Las Cruces. 

Applications can be turned in at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex, 550 N Sonoma Ranch Blvd., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2024.

First Session 
February 20, 2024 
6 - 9 p.m.

Last Session/Graduation

March 14, 2024
6 - 9 p.m.

East Mesa Public Safety Complex 
550 N. Sonoma Ranch 
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011 
Phone: (575) 526-0795 

Class Schedule 
Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Class Coordinator 
Officer Austin Arnold 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (575) 528-4405

Upon successful completion of the Citizen’s Police Academy, participants attend a graduation ceremony and are awarded a certificate for completing the Citizen Police Academy. 

Citizens Academy Application