Albuquerque plans shift from in-state police recruitment

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller says the city will shift police recruitment efforts away from targeting officers in other departments in the state.

The Albuquerque Journals reported Monday that the city aims to now attract 100 new recruits each year from schools and other states instead of luring officers from New Mexico cities that pay less.

Albuquerque hired several officers last year from nearby departments, including the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, the Rio Rancho department and the Santa Fe department.

Spokeswoman Jessie Damazyn says lateral recruiting was always part of the plan, but the city is now in a better position to look outside the state.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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