Updated: November 20, 2019 06:38 PM
Created: November 19, 2019 04:41 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office wants more deputies on the force despite being fully staffed.
BCSO officials tell KOB 4 that the department in allowed to have 314 deputies. However, they want that number to closer to 350, so they can respond to all of their calls.
Deputies have responded to 160,000 calls in 2019.
“Being fully staffed is different than being adequately staffed," said Deputy Anton Maltby.
Sheriff Manny Gonzales is looking for a new class of recruits to add manpower and replace deputies who are trying to leave.
“Even though our books show we have a fully staffed department, we still have a lot of people who are on military leave, we have a lot of retirements that come up, people that – maybe this job isn't for them so there's always that fluctuation in the numbers,” Deputy Maltby said.
Starting Wednesday, recruiters will host workshops to answer any questions for possible cadets.
People who are interested can call (505) 804-0004 to participate. The workshops will be held at the BCSO Regional Training Academy at 415 Tijeras Avenue.
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