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BEGINNING YOUR JOURNEY
The selection process consists of a Pre-employment questionnaire, PIQ and PHS, two (2) written exams, a physical agility exam, a background investigation, an oral interview, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, and a medical examination.
Upon satisfactory completion of these requirements, all qualified applicants will be submitted to the Sheriff for final selection.
Once a large enough group is acquired for a particular test date, that date is removed from the website and is NO LONGER AVAILABLE; this does NOT mean that the test date is canceled. You are required to show up for the test date that you have been approved for unless you send an e-mail correspondence requesting a change/cancellation OR you are advised that the date has been changed by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department Recruiting Unit.
It is in your best interest to start the application process as early as possible. You will be scheduled for the test date that you have selected only after your pre-employment forms have been approved. When a suitable candidate pool has been developed for this process, all testing will be closed.
YOUR TEST DATE WILL BE RESERVED WHEN THE FOLLOWING IS COMPLETED: Personal Integrity Questionnaire (PIQ) has been approved.
The Personal Integrity Questionnaire (PIQ) must be completed online. This form must be approved by a BCSD Recruiter in order to continue in the testing process.
NATIONAL POLICE OFFICER SELECTION TEST(NPOST)
The Applicant will have 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete this test. This test is an assessment of reading, writing and arithmetic that are important for successfully learning and performing an entry-level, law enforcement position.
Preparation materials are offered online (NPOST Study Guide and Practice Test). The cost for the practice test is $25 and candidates can pay via credit card through the website should you wish to take it. The exam provides applicants with an opportunity to complete a full-length, timed practice version of the POST exam. The practice version of the NPOST contains detailed feedback for any test item answered incorrectly by the applicant, giving you a better understanding of personal areas of strength, and opportunities for development. There is also a Study Guide available for $5.00. Here is a link to the practice test and study guide: STUDY GUIDE
The PHS must be completed online. This form must be approved by a BCSD Recruiter in order to continue in the hiring process.
Your background investigation will be conducted by a member of this agency. A thorough investigation is a long process and you must understand that your file may not be the only background the investigator has. Your background may take up to 4-6 weeks to complete, please be patient.
A pre-employment polygraph screening examination will be conducted by a licensed Polygrapher in accordance with New Mexico state law, in order to verify information placed on the applicants PIQ/PHS. This test measures simultaneous electro dermal, cardiovascular and respiratory responses utilizing formats approved by the American Polygraph Association.
ORAL BOARD INTERVIEW
The oral board interview is a professional interview with you and three members of the department, a deputy, a sergeant, and a lieutenant. Dress appropriately and think before you speak.
The psychological evaluation is a two segment examination lasting approximately 4 hours. The examination consists of a lengthy multiple choice written exam and one on one interview with the department psychologist.
The medical examination will be conducted by a department appointed physician. A complete physical including but not limited to vision, hearing, heart, blood work will be conducted.
Cadets will continue to the Academy and Laterals will work with a Field Training Officer.
**YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS FOR ALL NOTIFICATION PURPOSES**