Lateral Program Entry Requirements

Are you currently working as a corrections or law enforcement officer? Do you have recent corrections or law enforcement experience? Are you thinking about making a change? If you qualify, your experience could mean higher starting pay and you may not have to attend MDC’s eight-week academy. Consider a career with the MDC. We can help you with the transition!

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Lateral Program Overview

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Must have a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Must have a valid New Mexico driver’s license. Out of state applicants must obtain a driver’s license within thirty (30) days.
  • Must meet current hiring criteria requirements related to areas including, but not limited to, criminal history, driving record and employment history.
Status of ApplicationMin Required CO ExperiencePrevious Graduate of an ACA AcademyMDC AcademyHourly Pay
Former MDC CO within the last year12 mo.YesNot requiredCorresponding Step
Currently working as a CO12 mo.YesAbbreviatedCorresponding Step
Worked as a CO within the last year12 mo.YesAbbreviatedCorresponding Step
Worked as a CO within the last two years12 mo.YesFullCorresponding Step
Worked as a sworn law enforcement officer within the last year0 mo.NoFull1 year CO for every 5 years LE up to 5 years

Documentation Requirements

  • Birth certificate.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Certificate(s) of completion demonstrating 120 hours of training in a Corrections Officer Academy that meets or exceeds American Corrections Association standards or a training transcript certifying the same.*
  • Valid employment references.
*Not required of former sworn law enforcement officers

If you would like to discuss how your individual corrections or law enforcement experience might result in service credit and a higher starting hourly wage with MDC, contact a recruiter today!

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