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Rio Rancho Police up recruitment efforts

Ryan Laughlin
November 26, 2018 06:27 PM

RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Rio Rancho Police are trying to recruit other New Mexico officers by offering better incentives for lateral hires.

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"It is very competitive out there for all the different departments. It's not just Rio Rancho versus Albuquerque or even Santa Fe PD,” said Captain Andrew Rodriguez with RRPD. “Other agencies are trying to keep their communities safe as well. And so we're all offering something.”

Currently, Capt. Rodriguez said there are 16 vacancies at RRPD. They’ve lost 11 officers to Albuquerque Police Department this year. APD has been aggressively hiring and has offered new hires more money to reach their goal of 1,000 officers.

Rio Rancho is budgeted for 135 officers and the vacancies is putting added overtime stress on patrol officers.

"This is not a long-term solution this is only in the short-term until we get our staffing numbers up,” Capt. Rodriguez said.

Most recently, RRPD has sweetened the deal for lateral hires by acknowledging up to 10 years of service in other New Mexico law enforcement agencies. The one-for-one program is a step up from when they previously acknowledged one year for every two years of service.

"We have a focus on those lateral officers because it takes less time to get them out into the field,” Capt. Rodriquez said.

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