Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

APD Pay Report Cites Low Salaries, High Retirement Contributions.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

The Albuquerque Police Department's pay system is in need of a partial overhaul, and its officers should be paying less into their retirement plans.

The recommendations are included in a $49,000 police pay and overtime study commissioned by the City Council and released this week.

An APD deputy chief said Tuesday some of the study's ideas look promising.

The Washington, D.C.- based Watson Wyatt consulting firm found the total compensation package offered by the APD is "generally competitive" with other law agencies in the state, but it lags behind law agencies in neighboring states.

The study said an average APD officer with six years' experience earns a net pay of $2,925 each month while getting an additional $2,310 worth of benefits such as medical and dental care and having a take-home police car. …

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