Albuquerque Police Dept. changing assignments, taking other steps to put more cops on street

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Faced with a shortage of patrol officers, the Albuquerque Police Department is redeploying some personnel and adding duties to others.

KOAT-TV (http://goo.gl/0fWG1A ) reports that changes include reassigning officers now working as crime scene technicians to street duty to answer regular calls for service.

Other changes included using SWAT team members and other officers on specialized teams to respond to calls and to teach at the academy in addition to their other duties.

The department also is reducing its bike patrol to 12 officers from 24 currently and putting some detectives on the street.

According to the department, the moves are short-stem steps and that it's counting on recruitment of additional officers for the long term.

A 19-member trainee class just started, and another class is already in training.

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