Portales to consider bolstering police


March 31, 2019

PORTALES — The Portales City Council on Tuesday will consider an effort aimed at bringing veteran police officers to the community.

The council will vote on an incentive program, which City Manager Sammy Standefer said would pay New Mexico certified police officers between $5,000 and $10,000, based on their experience.

“We’re spending a tremendous amount of money sending new rookie officers through police academy and so this recruitment incentive is actually a cash signing incentive for veteran certified police officers,” Standefer said.

He said the money comes from cost savings within the police department from not being fully staffed.

Other items on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Memorial Building, include:

n The council will consider a revised contract for Standefer.

Standefer told The News the new contract is similar to his existing contract with a few changes, but he could not discuss details of the agreement because it was discussed in closed session and yet to be approved by the council.

n The council will consider a resolution encouraging water conservation, which Standefer is tied to some of the city’s grant funding.


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