Our survey showed most New Mexico police agencies are staffed up and don't need Berry's proposed 'return-to-work' legislation
BY ABQ FREE PRESS STAFF
Legislators and Albuquerque police have been calling and writing ABQ Free Press asking for details of our survey of New Mexico police and sheriff manpower levels, which contradicted Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry’s oft-repeated claim of a statewide cop shortage.
Our survey, conducted in late September and early October and published on Oct. 7, covered 32 cities and 29 of 33 counties.
The survey showed that there is not a broad, statewide manpower shortage among police and sheriff’s departments. Most are staffed up and appear not to need Berry’s proposed “return to work” legislation that would allow retired officers to rejoin the department while collecting their full pensions.
CLICK HERE for the results of the police manpower survey.