- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An audit has found that Albuquerque’s urgency in rolling out a new police officer retention program led to numerous mistakes.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1DEjaeN) internal auditors say the city bungled the program leading to thousands of dollars in overpayments to officers who delayed their retirement.

Auditors criticized the city for not requiring participants in the program, which won approval in November 2014, to stay on for a certain period of time.

The 14-page report, which the Journal obtained Thursday through a public records request, showed four officers in early retirement still got retention payment.

The report says later changes to eligibility requirements led to overpaying officers $32,000 through last March.

Albuquerque police say they already corrected most of the problems and had to act quickly to retain veteran officers.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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