APD adds nearly 30 officers from other agencies
October 16, 2018 10:24 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Weeks after the Albuquerque City Council approved $3 million for lateral APD hires, a class of nearly 30 graduated Tuesday.
“Your efforts will improve the quality of life for our citizens,” said APD Chief Mike Geier. “You'll keep people safe. Equally important, you'll make people feel safe.”
APD officials said the lateral class of 29 is the largest they've had.
All graduates come to APD with varying level of experience. Many of them were lured by the pay.
“Based on how long they've been on as an officer they get a longevity pay,” said Angela Byrd, the APD Training Academy Commander.
While more uniforms are a welcomed sight, some wonder why the extra money was needed. The city already budgets for 1,000 officers, right now it’s currently outfitting just over 850 officers.
APD officials said that budget amount has been eaten away by officer overtime. And as more officers are hired, overtime expenses are expected to go down.
Officials said they are ensuring proper funding for the anticipated hundred extra officers this fiscal year.
Updated: October 16, 2018 10:24 PM
Created: October 16, 2018 08:08 PM
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