We get emotional, and rightly so, when a law enforcement officer is injured by a criminal in the line of duty.
Robin Hopkins, a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy, was shot by a fleeing criminal in October and is facing a long recovery.
One recent TV news report stated, “Because she is no longer contributing to her retirement, she is having to take a 30 percent pay cut.”
Oh, dear. That is so inaccurate. It’s not a pay cut. It’s workers’ compensation.
The Bernalillo County Commission took special action to help out Deputy Hopkins last week, adding 22 hours per week of administrative leave to the benefits she was already receiving.