- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - More than two dozen Albuquerque police officers are giving up retention bonuses that were mistakenly given to them by the city.

KOAT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Hmjm5i) that 27 officers with three years to go until retirement received a $6,000 salary boost last month.

City officials say the salary bump was only supposed to go to officers who are one or two years away from retiring.

Police Union President Stephanie Lopez says the union decided to allow the city to fix the error and officers returned the bonuses.

The union and the city have now signed a new agreement that expires in July. The issue of retention bonuses can be reviewed then.

The bonuses were created to help retain staffing in the police department, which is seeing one of its worst staff shortages.

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Information from: KOAT-TV, http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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