APD welcomes over two dozen new officers via lateral transfers


The city is finally starting to see the results of recruiting efforts by the Albuquerque Police Department. 

Tuesday afternoon, APD welcomed more than two dozen new officers who left other departments to join the force. 

This class saw nine officers transferring from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, five from Santa Fe Police Department, and two a piece from Rio Rancho and Isleta. 

One officer even came from Denver. 

“We’re not trying to rob them of their officers to diminish their departments, but these officers are seeing our packages and reputation that we have moving forward is attracting people,” APD Chief Mike Geier said. 

With these 29 additional officers, the department’s force is up to 882 — still a far shot from the goal of 1,000. 

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