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Stickin’ to His Story

Stickin’ to His Story

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

Mayor Richard BerryLegislators 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.

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  • Maria Bautista
    January 24, 2016, 12:35 pm

    We do not need to rehire old school cops with old school skills, reform includes new recruits! Young men and women who do not have to change to meet APD reforms but come to the department unscathed. Actually weight should be a requirement, fit officers, strong.

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