CNM announced Monday it will launch its own law enforcement academy.

CNM says CNM LEA will help address the workforce demand for more police, while also providing a college education. 

The cadets will graduate from CNM LEA as police officers and complete their final training and certifications with their departments. 

Twenty cadets from the Albuquerque Police Department will kick off the academy in late January, but other agencies have shown interest as well. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to have their support and excited about the opportunity for this to be a Central New Mexico effort,” CNM President Dr. Kathie Winograd said. 

Classes will be held at CNM’s westside campus. 

Hands-on lessons, such as firearms training, will be held at APD facilities for both APD cadets and non-APD cadets.