SANTA FE, NM — Santa Fe City Council is set to discuss recruitment and retention of police officers Wednesday after the department says it’s losing staff over pay gaps.
According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe Police claims to be losing officers and commanders to Albuquerque Police because of salary.
The paper reports a starting police officer with SFPD makes $19 an hour while that same recruit could make $29 an hour with APD.
That’s the reason the department is now turning to City Hall saying if they can’t close the pay gap there could soon be a staffing and public safety crisis.
The Santa Fe City Council will hold their meeting Wednesday, at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall at 5 p.m. Evening session starts at 7 p.m.