City Councilors Don Harris and Cynthia Borrego Propose Funding Lateral Police Officers

R-18-69 appropriates $3 million to the Albuquerque Police Department

Albuquerque City Councilors Don Harris and Cynthia Borrego joined by Foothills Area Commander James Collins and Northwest Area Commander Donovan Olvera, announced that they are co-sponsoring legislation to fund a Lateral Police Officer Class for the Albuquerque Police Department. The bill, R-18-69, is set to be voted on at Monday’s City Council Meeting.                                               

“Recent wage and longevity pay increases have resulted in additional interest from officers employed with other agencies to join APD and we’re excited to welcome them to our department,” said Councilor Harris.

Reducing crime continues to be a priority for the City of Albuquerque. The number of officers on the force, plus cadets in the Academy is expected to reach 950 by the end of this calendar year and interest in joining APD continues to improve.

“We worked with Mayor Keller and the City Council to develop an aggressive, but thoughtful police recruiting strategy to make Albuquerque neighborhoods safe,” APD Police Chief Mike Geier said. “Working together as One Albuquerque, we are finally putting more officers on the streets to fight crime block-by-block. This additional funding will help us meet our goal of hiring an additional 100 officers during this budget year.”

APD expects to have enough interest to seat a third lateral class of 40 Officers in January 2019. A Lateral Officer is a currently sworn and certified law enforcement officer that is joining APD from another agency. The Lateral Police Academy is a condensed 9 week program in which officers become familiar with the City of Albuquerque city ordinances and the Albuquerque Police Department's standard operating procedures. This appropriation will pay for this Academy and for each officer’s full uniform and equipment to start patrolling our community.

“Public safety is consistently our top priority and when we have excess GRT funds, like we do now, we always want to ensure that we are funding public safety and community policing efforts,” said Councilor Borrego.

The amount of $3,000,000 from the General Fund will be appropriated to APD for the Lateral Class. The funding is available from excess Gross Receipt Tax (GRT) revenues received at the end of FY/18 which was carried over into FY/19.