ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County commissioners have voted to delay a decision on whether to review how the state’s largest sheriff’s department uses force and handles pursuits.

Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins had proposed a resolution that would have required Sheriff Manuel Gonzales and the county manager to hire a third-party evaluator to review the policies and possibly recommend policy changes.

But three of her four fellow commissioners decided Tuesday to delay the vote until their meeting next month.

The proposal comes as the sheriff’s department contends with lawsuits and a heightened number of deadly force cases in recent years.

Some county commissioners and Sheriff Gonzales said having more time to review the proposal and present on it would be beneficial.

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