The Albuquerque Police Department says a bolstered incentive package will get new officers on the streets more quickly.
After cadets graduate the police academy they must go through four months of on the job training before becoming an officer themselves.
Many officers, however, say training a graduate is a responsibility they aren’t eager to take on. With the department growing so quickly, leaders say something had to be done to change that.
“It’s crucial to turn our young officers and teach them the skills they need to survive and to be a productive member of APD,” Shaun Willoughby, President of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, said.
Right now, training officers gets up to two hours of overtime per day and 100 extra dollars each pay period for being active. The Incentive adds $125 on top of that when the officers have a trainee in the car.