ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Keeping experience in the ranks of Albuquerque’s police force and keeping those ranks full is the goal of a proposal to revive retention bonuses for officers eligible for retirement.
According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1hzYr6j ), city officials and the police union are negotiating a proposal supported by Mayor Richard Berry. The idea also has backing by the union, but the sides have yet to agree on specifics.
Details of the current contract negotiations aren’t public.
The previous retention program ended in 2011. It offered payments ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 for each officer who agreed to work an extra year.
Meanwhile, the size of the police force has fallen about 15 percent over the past three years.