Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fed Aid Didn't Add Officers.

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

* City has no more police on the street than when it received $7.3 million grant

The number of police officers in Albuquerque has remained flat despite federal help that was meant to put more officers on the street.

Federal officials awarded Albuquerque a $7.3 million grant in 1999 to add 65 police officers to a baseline force of 865. Halfway into the three-year program, Albuquerque has 861 officers, including 50 who are paid with money from the federal Community Oriented Policing Services program.

The city says it is not violating federal rules and also says having a full force is difficult because of the number of officers who leave for other jobs or retire after 20 years. …

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