Local officers in Taos stay in Taos
Amidst pay increases for officers across the state, Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said he is not worried about his officers leaving his department.
Recent pay raises in Albuquerque have had police across New Mexico eyeing the state for a bigger paycheck, but Taos is one department seemingly immune from the temptations of higher compensation. Santa Fe Police and University of New Mexico Police Departments have reported a loss of officers to the Albuquerque Police Department following the department’s recent raise.
The departments have increased their own salaries to try and remain competitive with higher paying outlets, something Taos has yet to jump on for their officers.
“You’ll never pay them what their life is worth,” said Trujillo.
Taos Police are involved in a “domino effect” pay battle in New Mexico after two Albuquerque agencies raised their hourly pay. Officers in Taos are behind the curve, but Police Chief David Trujillo said he is not worried about the increases.