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New Mexico Considers Retirement 'Double Dipping' For Police

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Legislators are drafting a plan to ease restrictions against retired police officers coming back to work in an effort to add more officers across New Mexico in the midst of a labor shortage.

At a legislative hearing Tuesday, retired police officer and state Rep. Bill Rehm of Albuquerque outlined a proposal for changes to reemployment provisions for retired police to incentivize a return to work.

He said officers might continue to draw on pension benefits or wait for a bigger payout later.

New Mexico's governor wants to deploy 1,000 more police officers amid public frustration with crime.