Police Officer Retention Bill Passes House With Strong Bipartisan Support


HB 86, which would help improve public safety across New Mexico by ensuring the state can retain experienced law enforcement officers, passed the House today with a bipartisan vote of 61-1.

HB 86 would create the Law Enforcement Retention Fund to help New Mexico retain police officers by offering them bonuses of 5% of their annual salary every five years they remain in law enforcement. This would encourage quality, experienced officers to continue working to improve public safety throughout the state, by compensating them for their hard work and commitment. 

“This is a measurable way that we can support our law enforcement officers at a time when we need good, experienced officers keeping our communities safe,” said Representative Meredith Dixon (D-Albuquerque).  

The bill’s bipartisan sponsors are Representatives Dixon, Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque), Marian Matthews (D-Albuquerque), Randal Crowder (R-Clovis), Stefani Lord (R-Albuquerque), Joshua Hernandez (R-Rio Rancho), and T. Ryan Lane (R-Aztec).