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Police Service Aide

police carsApplication Requirements:

  • Must be a senior
  • Must be at least 17 years old and on track to graduate

Meets T/TH 2-5:30pm- Session 3


The Career Enrichment Center has formed a partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department, which allows students to undergo Police Service Aide (PSA) training while still in high school.  Once accepted, students will be expected to participate fully in all aspects of training, both physical and academic. Good attendance is mandatory. This program is targeted to individuals seriously interested in learning about what it takes to be a law enforcement officer.  The program will provide each student with the classroom knowledge and practical skills necessary to perform the duties of a PSA. Areas of study include: the criminal justice system, general law, patrol, and traffic investigations. Additionally, students will participate in a physical fitness/tactical training program, and will experience at least one actual ride-along with an APD officer on patrol. Students will receive hands-on experience in traffic control, report writing, and role-playing activities similar to those used to train cadets in the Albuquerque Police Academy.

The two-semester class will meet at the CEC on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm – 5:30pm and will be taught by APD officers who are Police Academy certified instructors. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be recommended for the PSA selection process.   Students will earn 2.0 elective (ACE) credit for the entire school year in the program.  Class starts 2 weeks after APS classes begin.

PSA responsibilities consist of enforcing parking laws, investigating misdemeanor offenses, and assisting officers on patrol with traffic accidents.  PSAs patrol their assigned area commands in marked city vehicles equipped with emergency equipment and police radios.