ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department announced on Friday the successful recruitment and hiring of new officers to the force. A press release states six new lateral transfers graduated Friday and 48 new cadets will be sworn officers in October.
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The department announced it will also be moving some shifts from four, 10-hour shifts, to five, eight-hour shifts to allow overlapping coverage during patrols. APD’s recruiting sergeant says they’re on pace to pass the number of applications they received last year and more officers are going through the academy.
“Around 950… and obviously I want to get to 1,200 so we’ve got a ways to go. We got 48 in the academy right now. We’ve got around 20 starting the CNM class next month and we’ve got 12 laterals graduating today,” said Sgt. Peter Silva with APD.
The goal was to hire 100 officers a year for four years. APD says they have been reaching that goal for several years including this year. Silva says advertising on social media has been a huge help to the department especially because they’re not just relying on local men and women to fill their ranks.
“The national trend right now is to really look outside of those jurisdictions and cities and recruit nationally and we’re keeping up with that trend. We’ve gone to El Paso, last year they went to Michigan,” Silva said.
More Police Services Aides are also being hired to allow sworn officers to focus on higher priority calls. The release states the next class of 35 people start training to become PSAs in August and another class of around 20 will begin next spring. APD is also teasing a new hiring bonus, they say they’ll announce details next week.
APD says it is also making changes to its disciplinary process. The department will now have a chart to determine what sanctions will be used, based on the nature of the offense, an officer’s disciplinary history and mitigating and aggravating factors. The Department of Justice approved the changes this week. APD says the chart will make the department’s discipline clearer, more fair and consistent.