Lo­cal of­fi­cers in Taos stay in Taos

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jesse Moya jmoya@taos­news.com The Taos News

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.

John Miller

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.

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