The benefits of becoming one of Albuquerque’s finest speak for themselves.

APD’s Great Benefits Include:



All City of Albuquerque police officer employees, with the exception of Rehires,  participate in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). The opportunity to retire with 90% of your top pay.

Take Home Car Program

All police officers that successfully complete one year probation, will be issued a patrol vehicle for their use during working hours.  Officers must live within the boundaries established by the Chief of Police. 

College Incentive

Police officers who have degrees, will receive the following additional pay incentive. There are two pay periods per month. Officers will be paid for only one degree at the highest academic level obtained.

  • Bachelor’s degree $62.31 biweekly ($1620.06 annually)
  • Master’s degree $73.85 biweekly ($1920.10 annually)
  • PHD $85.38 biweekly ($2,219.88 annually)

Shift Differential

Police officers who work the following shifts will receive shift differential pay. There are two pay periods per month.

  • Swing Shift $11.54 biweekly ($300 annually)
  • Graveyard $23.08 biweekly ($600 annually)

Bilingual Pay

An officer shall qualify for bilingual pay upon demonstrating an acceptable level of reading, writing and conversational proficiency. Job-related material will be used in determining the reading, writing and conversational proficiency. The certification of proficiency will be established by an expert selected by the H.R.P. Committee. Officers who are certified in all three proficiency areas shall be paid $23.08 per pay period. Should an officer only pass the conversational portion of the test, that officer shall be paid $9.23 per pay period.

Specialty Pay

Police officers who are assigned to these Units will receive the following additional pay incentive.

  • Pilots $23.08 biweekly
  • Bomb Squad $115.38 biweekly
  • Aerial Observer $23.08 biweekly
  • Motorcycle Officers $23.08 biweekly
  • S.W.A.T $115.38 biweekly
  • K-9 $115.38 biweekly
  • Crisis Negotiation Team officers $23.08 biweekly
  • Crisis Intervention Team officers $23.08 biweekly
  • Horse Mounted Unit $23.08 biweekly
  • Field Training Officers $100.00 biweekly

Holiday Pay

Legal holidays for police officers shall be as follows:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Police officers shall receive holiday pay at straight time at their hourly rate for either 8 or 10 hours based on their normal work shift for all holidays not worked. In the event a police officers is required to work on a holiday, and does not exercise an option to take a floating holiday, he/she shall be paid holiday pay as mentioned above, plus time-and-one-half (1 and ½) for the first 8 hours if on a normal work shift of 10 hours, plus 2 hours straight compensatory time.
A police officer may float any or all of the holidays mentioned in the above listed paragraph. A floating holiday is one that the employee may convert to vacation either eight (8) or ten (10) hours per holiday depending on their normal workday anytime after the actual holiday has occurred. A floating holiday can also be used as an additional vacation day if used within the same pay period of the holiday.

Compensatory Time

Police officers will be entitled to be compensated at 1 and ½ times the officer’s rate of pay or in the form of compensatory time. Compensatory time will be computed at the rate of 1 and ½ times the hours actually worked.You have the opportunity to earn 150 hours of compensation

Medical, Hospitalization and Dental Insurance

The City of Albuquerque provides medical, hospitalization and dental plans.

Vacation Leave Accrual

​Vacation leave will accrue for police officers as follows:

  • 1 Month to 5 Years 8 hours/month or 12.5 days/year
  • 5 Years, 1 Month to 10 Years 10 hours/month or 15 days/year
  • 10 Years, 1 Month to 15 Years 12 hours/month or 18 days/year
  • 15 Years, 1 Month and over 13 hours/month or 20 days/year

Police Officer Laterals have an added incentive!

Upon completion of the officer’s academy training, and for each year of prior service recognized by the Albuquerque Police Department for purposes of lateral credit, each lateral hire shall be credited with vacation leave as follows:

  •     40 hours for 2-4 years
  •     70 hours for 5-14 years
  •     100 hours for 15 or more years 

Sick Leave Accrual

Sick leave will accrue for police officers as follows:

  • Per Month 8 hours

Police Officer Laterals have an added incentive!

Each lateral hire, upon completion of the officer’s academy training, shall be credited with 40 hours of sick leave.


Albuquerque Police Officer Association, (APOA)


  • Latino Police Officers Association, (LPOA)
  • Chicano Police Officers Association, (CPOA)
  • Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

Tuition Assistance and Educational Leave

Tuition Assistance and Educational Leave