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Bernalillo County sheriff to ask commission for more deputies

Kasia Gregorczyk
August 07, 2017 06:13 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales announced Monday he would be focusing on pushing for more deputies in the near future, hoping higher staff numbers could bring the number of deputy-involved shootings down.

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Sunday's deputy-involved shooting in the East Mountains was the fifth this year. Gonzales said even the department is surprised at the frequency of these types of incidents.

"What's going on in this town? What's going on in this community?" Gonzales said. "What is prompting people to act out with these behaviors that we haven't seen, I'm going to say, for as long as I've been in law enforcement?"

The sheriff has plans to go before the county commission Tuesday, asking for up to 60 new deputy positions to be created.

"Maybe in phases, of 20 at a time, but we need to get them in everywhere," he said. "To the schools, we need to get them out in the field, and we need them out there so they can actually help de-escalate some of these situations."

The cost of bringing that many new deputies on board would be around $9 million, but it will be a process of determining how the county would budget for the new positions.

According to the sheriff, the estimated multi-million dollar price tag is only expected to be that high initially due to startup costs like training and equipment for new deputies.

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