Albuquerque Police Department short 135 officers after graduating class

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department added another 17 officers to its already 848 existing officers Thursday, but Chief Gorden Eden said the department is still not where it needs to be.

“My goal is get above 900,” Chief Eden said. “I think that’s going to be very difficult task.”

Although the city is allocated to have 1,000 officers. Eden said the department is going through a robust recruiting effort, following in the footsteps of bigger trends.

“We started looking at national trends,” he said. “We used the internet and social media to create the best reflection of our great city.”

As far as reaching the number of police officers needed within the department, Eden said the department is doing all it can.

“I think one of the things that has hurt police departments across New Mexico is changes in the retirement law,” Eden said. “What I think we’re all struggling for is there is a limited number of qualified candidates out there.”

The department also has a current class of 41 cadets.

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