ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Rio Rancho's police chief says he believes his department is in a crisis and cannot adequately respond to calls for help from police.

Chief Robert Boone says the department of the Albuquerque suburb doesn't have enough officers and that many of its police cars are worn out.

Boone also tells the Albuquerque Journal ( http://bit.ly/XS3Mqn) in a story published Monday that Rio Rancho's pay scales for police officers aren't high enough to compete with nearby jurisdictions.

Mayor Tom Swisstack is calling for a study to assess the department's manpower.

Several City Council members are calling for more spending on public safety.