Eligibility & Selection Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a law enforcement officer with the Farmington Police Department! Below, you will find everything you need to know about our recruiting process – start to finish.

General Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements as provided in the NMSA 29-7-6 and 4-41-10.
  • Be a citizen of the U.S.
  • Hold a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Hold a valid driver's license.
  • Has not been convicted or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of no contest to any felony charge or, within the three-year period immediately preceding his/her application, to any violation of any federal or state law, or local ordinance relating to aggravated assault, theft, driving while intoxicated, controlled substances, or other crime involving moral turpitude and has not been released or discharged under dishonorable conditions from any armed forces of the United States.
  • Is free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect their performance as a law enforcement officer or prohibit them from successfully completing prescribed basic law enforcement training required by the Law Enforcement Training Act.
  • Is of good moral character.
  • Has met any other requirements for certification prescribed by the board pursuant to regulations adopted by the board.
  • Must be 21 years of age by completion of the police academy (entry level) or date of hire (lateral officers).

Selection Process

Applicants will complete a series of requirements during the selection process. The requirements are listed below in the order they will be given. A description of each requirement is included following the list.

  • Written Test
  • Physical Standards Test
  • Oral Board Interview
  • Questionnaires
  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Psychological Examination
  • Medical Examination

Selection Process Steps

Step 1
Fill out City of Farmington online application.

Step 2 
A city employee will contact you and set up a date and time to take the physical standards test.

Step 3 
If you pass the physical standards tests, you will be invited to take the written test that same day.

Step 4 
Your recruiter will schedule an oral board interview, which will consist of three members of the department. Please remember, this is a professional interview; appropriate attire is required.

Step 5
Following your oral board, you will be given a pre-employment questionnaire, the Personality Integrity Questionnaire (PIQ), and the Personal History Statement (PHS) to take home and complete.

Step 6 – Once you return the completed questionnaires, your background investigation will begin. The investigations are conducted by a member of FPD. This is a lengthy process and may take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. You will be notified by a recruiter when your background is complete.

Step 7 – Once you have received notice that your background is complete and no issues were found, your recruiter will schedule you for a polygraph based off the answers you submitted on the pre-employment questionnaire, PIQ, and PHS. The polygraph will be conducted by a licensed polygrapher in accordance with New Mexico state law. 

Step 8 - After your recruiter has received notification that you passed the polygraph, you will be scheduled to take a psychological evaluation with a department appointed psychologist. The evaluation consists of a two-segment examination, which lasts approximately four hours. The first segment is a multiple-choice exam. The second, is a one-on-one interview with the psychologist.

Step 9 - Following successful completion of the psychological evaluation, you will be notified to make an appointment for a medical examination to be conducted by a department appointment physician. The medical exam will consist of a complete physical including, but not limited to, blood work, heart, hearing, and vision testing.

Final Step - The applicant’s completed profile, along with recommendations from the Recruiting Division, will be submitted to the chief of police for review. Upon acceptance, the applicant will either enter the police academy as a cadet, or, if a lateral transfer, begin work with a field training officer (FTO). 

What happens if I didn’t pass a section?

Written Test: Applicant may reschedule one more time. If applicant does not pass the second time, he/she must wait one year to retake. Passing scores are good for one year.

Physical Standards:
Applicant may retake as many times as needed.

Background Investigation: The applicant’s ability to reapply following a disqualifying item on his/her background investigation is situational.  

Oral Board, Polygraph, Psychological Evaluation, & Medical Exam:
Applicant must wait one year to reapply.