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APD recruitment video makes bold claims about pay

Caleb James
April 02, 2018 04:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Albuquerque Police Department is looking for new officers. That's not new. Yet some claims made on APD's recruiting webpage are raising some questions for the department on Thursday. 

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One section of the webpage even suggests a new recruit can potentially make $87,000 a year with APD, but the math suggests that would mean some seriously overworked officers. 

A three-year-old recruiting video on APD's website puts Albuquerque's best foot forward. The idyllic perspective of New Mexico's largest city features officers on horseback, riverboat, and even repelling in the Sandias. There's not a lot of criminal investigation going on in the piece. 

It was compensation claims made on the recruitment web page that caught KOB's eye. The website indicates recruits have the potential to make 'in excess" of $87,000 a year. The claim cites an "average from the top 50 earning patrol officers."

KOB reached out to both APD and the officer's union on Thursday. The Albuquerque Police Officers Association said a new patrol officer making $58,240 a year, would have to work 14.5 hours of overtime every week, each week all year to make $87,000. The APOA says it would mean working full time 6.25 days a week.

The webpage also directly uses overtime as a recruiting incentive -- offering "a great opportunity to earn at least 25-percent above your base salary in overtime and benefits." 

In 2016, the department was nearly $4 million over budget on overtime. 

KOB learned on Monday the video has come down. A department spokesperson says their focus on recruitment is on community policing, not on overtime pay.

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