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New Mexico Law Enforcement In-Service Requirements
In-service law enforcement training consists of at least forty (40) hours of academic instruction, approved by the Board, for each certified police officer during each twenty-four-month period of employment or service. The first training course shall commence no later than twelve months after graduation from an approved basic law enforcement training program.
All certified police officers shall provide proof of completing in-service law enforcement training requirements to the Director no later than March 1st of the year in which the requirements must be met.
In-service training reporting is due quarterly as required by §29-7-7.2 NMSA 1978. Agencies shall use approved NMLEAB forms for reporting purposes. Current approved reporting forms to report mandatory in-service training required by §10.29.7.8 NMAC and §10.29.7.9 NMAC, are:
LEA-83 : Firearms Scores Reporting Form
LEA-84 : Biennium Agency In-Service Training Report Law Enforcement Officer
LEA-84a : Biennium agency In-Service Training Report Public Safety Telecommunicator
New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board Accredited In-Service Curriculum
The following training documents are provided for agencies to use to provide the required in-service training courses mandated by NM State Statute and/or NMLEA Board Rules. Each course has an accompanying NMLEAB Accreditation number.
Courses are developed to be taught in-person and only by NMLEAB certified instructors. Agencies or vendors may develop and submit their own curriculum for accreditation utilizing NMLEAB form LEAB-86. Attendance must be documented within 30-days of course date, using NMLEAB form LEAB-86b.
Annual In-Service Training Curriculum
10.29.7.8 IN-SERVICE TRAINING CYCLE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS & Instructor Certifications required to teach the In-Service Training
A. All New Mexico certified law enforcement officers shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of training bi-annually (every other year). Each two year in-service training cycle will begin on the first day of the subsequent even numbered year and conclude on the final day of the sequential odd numbered year.
(1) A minimum of four hours training shall be in safe pursuit pursuant to Section 29-20-3 NMSA 1978. – General Instructor Certification
(2) A minimum of one hour training shall be in domestic violence incident training pursuant to Section 29-7-4.1 NMSA1978, annually. – Domestic Violence Instructor Certification
(3) A minimum of two hours training shall be in the detection, investigation and reporting of a crime motivated by hate pursuant to Subsection B of Section 31-18B-5 NMSA 1978. – General Instructor
(4) For all officers who may be involved in the arrest of driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenders as a normal part of their duties, four hours training shall be in NHTSA approved standardized field sobriety testing (SFST) protocols or successful course completion of the NHTSA approved 16 hour advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement course. – DWI/SFST Instructor Certification
(5) A minimum of one hour training shall be in ensuring child safety upon arrest pursuant to Section 29-7-7.3 NMSA 1978, annually. – General Instructor Certification
(6) Four hours training of academy approved day and night firearms training on agency approved weapons systems including, but not limited to, duty handgun, backup handgun, shotgun, and rifle. No more than one hour training shall be classroom lecture. A minimum of three hours training, divided equally between day and night training, and shall consist of practical exercises using live fire, Simmunitions®, Airsoft® or other firearms training systems. Qualification testing may not be used as training to meet this requirement. – Firearms Instructor Certification
(7) A minimum of two hours training in child abuse incident training pursuant to Section 29-7-4.2 NMSA 1978, annually. – General Instructor/Child Abuse Instructor Certification
(8) A minimum of one hour training shall be in missing persons and Amber alert training pursuant to Section 29-7-7.4 NMSA 1978, annually. – General Instructor Certification
(9) A minimum of two hours training shall be in academy accredited interaction with persons with mental impairments training pursuant to Section 29-7-7.5 NMSA 1978. – Interactions with Persons with Mental Impairments Instructor
(10) A minimum of 30 minutes training shall be in academy accredited tourniquet and trauma kit training pursuant to Section 29-7-7.7 NMSA 1978, annually. – Tourniquet and Trauma Kit Instructor Certification from Bleedingcontrol.org or FLETC as examples.
(11) A minimum of two hours training shall be in legal update training to include changes in New Mexico state statutes and recent state and federal case law. – Professional Lecturer as a Legal Instructor (Attorney)
(12) Remaining training hours shall be in maintenance or advanced areas to meet the agencies specific needs.
B. Required training may be received through the following means:
(1) Where scheduling will allow, the New Mexico law enforcement academy will assign staff to instruct the course at the academy and regional training sites.
(2) Curriculum developed by the New Mexico law enforcement academy will be provided to individual agencies upon request for their own certified instructors to present to their officers, provided the instructor is qualified in the subject matter.
(3) Individual agencies or private contractors may develop curriculum for review and approval (accreditation) by the academy which meets the criteria established by the board.
C. This three-pronged approach gives all agencies the flexibility they need to address individual training needs. It also allows the board to implement a planned program of in-service training that is responsive to the changing demands placed upon law enforcement and the opportunity to have statewide consistency in certain critical areas.
D. Implementation is to begin on January 1, of the first even numbered year of a training cycle.
E. Officers obtaining certification within an even numbered year will be required to obtain one-half of the in-service training requirements. Officers obtaining certification within an odd numbered year will be required to meet the next two-year in-service training requirement which will go into effect on January 1 of the succeeding even numbered year. The in-service training requirements are applicable in subsequent two-year cycles (one even number year and the subsequent odd numbered year constitutes a two-year cycle. Officers transferring from one agency to another will carry with them the responsibility for in-service training.
[10.29.7.8 NMAC – Rp, 10.29.7.8 NMAC, 07/10/2018]
TOPIC: Annual Domestic Violence Training Documents
A minimum of one (1) hour shall be in domestic violence incident training pursuant to §29-7-4.1 NMSA 1978.
TOPIC: Annual Missing Persons/AMBER Alert Training Documents
A minimum of one (1) hour shall be in missing persons and AMBER alert training pursuant to §29-7-7.4 NMSA 1978.
Below are sample PowerPoint presentations and reference materials which may be used by law enforcement agencies to meet this mandate. The presentation has been accredited for two hours of in-service training.
TOPIC: Annual Child Abuse Training Documents
A minimum of two (2) hours in child abuse incident training pursuant to §29-7-4.2 NMSA 1978.
TOPIC: Annual Ensuring Child Safety Upon Parental Arrest Training Documents
A minimum of one (1) hour shall be in ensuring child safety upon arrest pursuant to §29-7-7.3 NMSA 1978.
- 2022-2023 Ensuring Child Safety Upon Parental Arrest (NM220004) LP
- 2022-2023 Ensuring Child Safety Upon Parental Arrest (NM220004) PPT
Reference Materials for Ensuring Child Safety Upon Parental Arrest
- Children of Arrested Parents Protocol
- Children of Incarcerated Parents Stats
- Children’s Bill of Rights
- HB 271
- Key Factors in Interviewing Children
- New Law re Arresting Parents
- SCI Protocol
- Statement of Reasonable Grounds
Ensuring Child Safety Upon Parental Arrest Three-Part Video Series* for Law Enforcement Personnel:
- Discussion Guide
- PART ONE Ensuring Child Safety Upon Parental Arrest (R/T: 16:28 minutes)
- PART ONE Handouts
- ***PART TWO Ensuring Child Safety Upon Parental Arrest
(R/T: ##:## minutes)
- ***PART TWO Handouts
- ***PART THREE Ensuring Child Safety: Minimizing Trauma (R/T: 17:56 minutes)
- PART THREE Handouts
*Brought to you by: New Mexico CYFD Protective Services Division, NMSU Southwest Institute for Family and Child Advocacy, and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. With funding from: New Mexico Children’s Justice Act Advisory Group
TOPIC: Annual Tourniquet and Trauma Kit Training
A minimum of one (1) hour required for tourniquet and trauma training pursuant to §29-7-7.7 NMSA 1978.
TOPIC: Annual Firearms Day/Night Qualification Courses
Requalification scores of every law enforcement officer in the state of New Mexico shall be reported yearly to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board by the employing agency for the daytime, nighttime, and other applicable courses of fire pursuant to §10.29.9.14F(2) NMAC.
Requalification testing may not be used as training to meet the Biennial requirement.
Agencies must qualify their officers using the NMLEA Board approved Day and Night qualification courses.Officers are required to achieve a minimum passing score of 80% on a 100-point scale.
Shot point values for the NMLEA Board Day Pistol Qualification courses are worth two points each. Head shots can only be scored if they lay within the “Scuba Mask” on an approved NMLEAB target.
When reporting pistol scores, odd score values will be considered invalid, only even scores (i.e., 88, 90, 92) will be accepted.
The NMLEA Board Night Pistol Qualification course is a 25-shot course. Shot point values for the “New” NMLEA Board Night Pistol qualification course is worth 4 points each. Head shots can only be scored if they lay within the “Scuba Mask” on an approved NMLEAB target. When reporting scores, odd-number score values will be considered invalid, only even-number score values (i.e., 88, 90, 92) will be accepted.
Biennial In-Service Training Curriculum
TOPIC: Biennial Interaction with Persons with Mental Impairment
A minimum of two (2) hours shall be in academy accredited interaction with persons with mental impairments training pursuant to 10.29.7.8A(9) NMAC.
Curriculum has been developed to meet the statutory requirements and Train-the-Trainer courses are being offered. All instructors who complete the Train -the-Trainer will be given the full curriculum to deliver the training to officers and telecommunicators state-wide. Please check the Advanced Training Schedule for dates and locations of classes.
TOPIC: Biennial Safe Pursuit
A minimum of four (4) hours training shall be in safe pursuit pursuant to Subsection E § 29-20-3, NMSA 1978.
TOPIC: Biennial Hate Crimes
A minimum of two (2) hours training shall be in the detection, investigation and reporting of a crime motivated by hate pursuant to Subsection B of § 31-18B-5 NMSA 1978.
TOPIC: Biennial Legal Update
A minimum of two (2) hours shall be in academy accredited legal update training to include changes in New Mexico State Statutes and recent state and federal case law pursuant to 10.29.7 NMAC.
TOPIC: Firearms Training
Four (4) hours training of academy approved day and night firearms training on agency approved weapons systems pursuant to 10.29.7.8, § (A)(6), NMAC. Annual Requalification testing may not be used as training to meet the Biennial requirement.
Training curriculum for Law Enforcement Firearms is SECURITY SENSITIVE.
The Academy has drafted model curriculum for handgun to meet the 2022-2023 in-service training requirements. These NMLEAB accredited lesson plans are available to NMLEAB certified Firearms Instructors only. Firearms Instructors holding a current NMLEAB certification may e-mail the Deputy Director of Training to request a copy of firearms lesson plans.
- ***2022-2023 In-Service Semi-Auto Handgun NM22005 (4 hours)
- NMLEAB In-Service Semi-Automatic Handgun Lesson Plan
- NMLEAB In-Service Semi- Automatic Handgun Training PPT
As an alternative to the Academy courses, Departments may create their own courses to meet the 2022 – 2023 In-Service training requirements, however courses must be submitted to the Academy for accreditation to meet the in-service training requirements under 10.29.7 NMAC.
TOPIC: Optional 2022-2023 In-Service Training Topics
Remaining hours shall be in maintenance or advanced areas from the following general topic areas pursuant to 10.29.7 NMAC.
Other approved advanced and specialized training/education or any maintenance training area which is designed to improve upon or add to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the certified law enforcement officer.
***Training Opportunities (link to master training cal)