Running Start for Public Safety Careers

Want to Make Our Community a Better, Safer Place to Live?

Public safety careers include police officers, lawyers, clerks, judges, corrections and parole officers, and more. This course provides fundamental knowledge for the many career pathways available in this field.

  • Speakers from law enforcement and CJ fields.
  • Classes include Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminal Law for up to six credits toward an associate degree or certificate in Criminal Justice.
  • Can be coupled with City of Albuquerque Police Service Aide (PSA) training course, which can provide an additional 7 hours toward an associate’s degree.
  • Textbooks for this course provided by your high school see step number 9.

Registration Information

CJ 1001-901
CRN 77813
Capacity: 30

Lecture Times:

M/W 3:30-5:05pm

9/18 to 12/10

Career Enrichment Center
807 Mountain Rd. NE

About the Program

Running Start for Careers has teamed up with the Career Enrichment Center and the Albuquerque Police Department, to provide Police Service Aide (PSA) training while still in high school.  Acceptance to this course  is a based on application, participation in both physical and academic training.  Learn what it takes to be a law enforcement officer through rigorous academic and physical activity. Completion of the course provides up to 7 credits that can be applied to the CNM Criminal Justice Associate Degree program Learn more here.



Must have transportation to class and internship location(s)

Career Pathways Covered

Police/Sheriff’s Officer Law Clerk/Paralegal Corrections Officer Lawyer
Entry Level Salary $44,667* (APD Cadet) $31,530 $25,620 $53,248
Average Salary $58,240 * (APD 1st year avg) $41,740 $31,240 $84,220
Education Required Certificate Certificate Degree Advanced Degree

Source: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Andrew Mathis

Executive Director Running Start For Careers


Amanda Glennon

Outreach Services Office Central New Mexico Community College


JD Maes

Industry Partner| APD



Complete the online admissions process by going to Be sure to select Dual Credit as your application type and you won’t be charged for tuition or registration fees.