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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Carraro
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/31/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Increase Number of State Police Officers
SB 186
ANALYST Peery
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$15,777.2
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Public Safety (DPS)
State Personnel Office (SPO)
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
No Responses Received From
NM Municipal League(NMML)
NM Association of Counties(NMAC)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 186 appropriates $15,777,168 from the general fund to the Department of Public
Safety for the purpose of increasing the number of state police officers and address additional
support staff needs associated with the expansion.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $15,777,168 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
DPS states the funding in the proposed legislation does not address additional operating costs,
such as, office space, utilities, telephones, IT equipment and vehicles. DPS reports that an essen-
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tial component of expansion is addressing the current pay structure to be competitive. DPS notes
the current legislative session is addressing pay increase for the departmentís commissioned law
enforcement officer.
SPO states the proposed legislation does not address who the expansion will be funded after fis-
cal year 2007.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DPS reports recruitment efforts have been impacted due to the departmentís inability to offer a
competitive pay package. DPS states certain municipalities are able to provide better pay oppor-
tunities for well-trained enforcement officers. DPS reports the department would not be able to
undertake an expansion of services of this magnitude in one year given current recruitment and
retention issues.
SPO states the proposed legislation does not specify the number of new positions and the support
staff needs.
DFA states the proposed appropriation could hire or purchase the following: 157 patrol officers
($46,500 with benefits), 157 patrol vehicles ($45,000 per vehicle), 10 support personnel
($40,000 with benefits), 21 dispatchers ($40,000 with benefits), 1 work processor ($30,000 with
benefits) and 2 mechanics ($36,700 with benefits).
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
DPS states the long-term effects of an expansion of this nature would provide a positive impact
to the performance of the department.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DPS reports to attempt the implementation in one fiscal year is not feasible under existing condi-
tions. DPS states the department would support a two to four year implementation plan for the
expansion.
SPO reports they would assist DPS with human resource administration in regards to the pro-
posed legislation.
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