The New Mexico Corrections Training Academy received its first group of "International Cadets" on Sunday, March 15, 2009. The group included 22 male and 2 female correctional officers from the 4 federal correctional facilities that were in existence in the Republic of Mexico at the time. The twenty-four cadets trained for six weeks here in Santa Fe, NM, and upon graduating returned to Xalapa, Veracruz Mexico to become the first Federal Corrections Training Academy Instructors.
Since then, NMCA has trained and graduated 569 cadets/instructors (434 male and 135 female) from 4 different countries (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras). International Class #7 was what I believe to be "historical" as NMCA joinlty trained 58 cadets from 4 distinct countries (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras). The last international group, International Class #19 was the first group of cadets from the Mexico state prison system. The NMCA has also trained and graduated 18 K-9 Handlers (15 male and 3 female) in two separate International K-9 Academy courses.