Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

APD Adds 30 Officers to Force.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Chief Hopes for Boost In Academy Class Size

Thirty white-gloved right hands snapped into the air inside a packed Albuquerque auditorium on Friday as the newest group of city police officers was sworn in.

The graduation of APD's 82nd cadet class raised the number of officers on the force to 869. Trying to boost the force to its full authorized strength of 930 officers is a daily battle as veteran officers retire, officers from other law enforcement agencies make the switch to APD and police work to find quality applicants for the APD academy.

Chief Jerry Galvin said Friday, however, two upcoming cadet classes one to start next month and another that begins in July should help the APD reach or get close to reaching its full strength a year from now. …

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