- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque Police Department has released a final staffing plan with a more optimistic outlook than an earlier draft.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1twKkrn ) that plan predicts that the department will hit the 1,000 officer mark by 2020 or sooner. It’s a marked change from an earlier draft that predicted the department would be understaffed for the next 10 to 15 years.

Police officials say mathematical errors resulted in the bleak predictions.

The final plan also suggests policy changes that could help the department deal with a staffing shortage, but Chief Gorden Eden says nothing is set in stone.

The plan predicts that 100 cadets will graduate from the department’s police academies each year for several consecutive years. It expects that workforce to be bolstered by hires from other departments.

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

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