New Mexico Agencies Need More Police Officers
New Mexico's law enforcement agencies don't have enough officers and the problem is expected to get worse.
The Albuquerque Journal reports a combination of low pay, retirements, and unqualified applicants has contributed to the problem in sheriff's offices in Torrance, Eddy, Luna and Chavez counties and police departments in communities like Albuquerque, Portales and Roswell.
Burglaries and auto thefts are up in Roswell while Mexican drug cartel and gang activities are increasing, especially in rural parts of the state.
The Albuquerque Police Department launched a recruitment campaign earlier this year and other offices are looking to lure new officers with attractive leave policies.