BERNALILLO COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) — Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is celebrating a big pay bump. They said the raise makes them the highest-paid law enforcement agency in the state.

Tuesday night, county commissioners approved the deal which was reached through negotiations between the county and the Deputy Sheriff’s Union.

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It includes raises as high as 17% for deputies, bringing the base salary for a deputy first class to nearly $36 an hour.

The county is also offering hiring bonuses of $10-15 thousand as well as cash incentives for employees who stick around for three to four years and those who stay for more than 22 years.