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Albuquerque Police Face Officer Shortage

October 19, 2015  | 

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden says he expects the police department’s ranks to shrink for another year or so, even though the size and number of police academy classes have increased and hundreds of “qualified candidates” are expressing interest in the department every month.

The department has 135 fewer officers than the 1,000 authorized, Eden said, and the number who will become eligible to retire will outpace police academy graduates until about January 2017. A police spokeswoman said police officials anticipate the number of officers on the force will hover around 850 or just below that.

There is no way to add enough new officers to offset retirements, Eden told the Albuquerque Journal, because selecting, vetting and training applicants is a lengthy process.

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Leonard Mather @ 10/19/2015 6:11 PM

The shortage can be solved with a bit of creativity. Pay the officers about to retire almost double to entice them to stay until being replaced by someone from the Academy. Include financial advisement along with this package so that the officers accepting the offer are "cared for with this advice on proper money management, for example in a CRUT for either him/her and with an institution of higher learning providing big tax breaks. It WILL work.

sgtken @ 10/20/2015 3:54 PM

This is going to be a trend in the future. With all the the anti police propganda in the media, who would even want to take the job today. A lot of cities are going to have a problem recruiting new officers of any race.

Robert @ 10/23/2015 9:08 AM

The reason for the shortage, is that the economy is picking up.
This won't be popular on this board...but the bottom line, is that MOST LEO are very well paid when compared HS degree jobs. In general the LEO pay is due to the hazard & physical demands...not due to technical training.
The military shrunk after the pull down in the many military people took LEO jobs. However, that pool is shrinking...and with the economy SLOWLY picking up....LEO jobs eroding in pay vs work. With the economy picking up, and entry level jobs paying more...the equation shifts--$40K for LEO (tough work) vs $35K entry level easy job...5 years ago that difference was maybe $10K. Why work in the cold, rain..and mental stress for $5K?
Yes, I know some LEO jobs need an AS degree...and I think Miami (and the DOJ) require a 4 Year degree....but the vast majority of LEO jobs do NOT.
The media coverage may be leading to 'white flight'..where LEO leave the city for the suburbs/low stress areas.

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