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APD returning to tougher hiring standards


Mayor Richard J. Berry on Thursday announced big changes at the Albuquerque Police Department academy including a return to tougher standards for would-be officers. Cadets coming in with the 108th class will have need to have at least 60 hours of college credit or three years of military service.

The education and military service requirements were instituted in 1994 but dropped five years later in an effort to fill the ranks of the police force.

Joey Sigala, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association , the union representing APD officers, said the move makes a strong statement that officers now on the job are not qualified. Berry disagreed.

See the Mayor’s press release announcing the new policies.