By Russell Contreras
The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — Police departments and sheriffs’ offices across New Mexico are battling shortages of officers and deputies amid retirements, low pay and a lack of qualified applicants.
From Albuquerque police to small rural agencies like the Torrance County Sheriff’s office, departments are reporting staffing shortfalls and say it may get worse next year. Officials said the shortages hurt agencies’ ability to fight crime, affect some specialized units and often require officers to work many shifts.
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