The Piercing Truth

This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes

Jan 18, 2015

Dangerous


We are sure it comes as no surprise to anyone, New Mexico is the second most violent and crime riddled state in the Union.  Why is New Mexico, especially Albuquerque so violent and dangerous?
According to the latest report out, “The number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” (READ IT HERE) However, while the rest of the US is doing well, here in New Mexico we are reported as the second most violent state.  According to USA TODAY:
2. New Mexico
Violent crimes per 100,000: 596.7
Population: 2,085,287
Total 2013 murders: 125 (21st lowest)
Poverty rate: 21.9% (2nd highest)
Pct. of adults with high school diploma: 84.3% (6th lowest)


New Mexico's violent crime rate rose 6.6% between 2012 and 2013 — the most in the nation — to nearly 597 per 100,000 residents.  The increase in violent crime came despite Governor Susana Martinez's avowal in 2011 to be tough on crime.  As in other dangerous states, the concentration of crime in New Mexico's larger cities may have contributed to the state's crime problem.  Albuquerque, for example, the state's largest city, had an estimated crime rate of 775 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, more than twice the national rate. New Mexico residents were also among the nation’s poorest in 2013, with a median household income of $43,872 and a poverty rate of nearly 22%.


Yes, Gov. Martinez has some culpability but the majority lies with good ol’ Berry.  The crime rate for us here in Albuquerque is twice that of the national average.  What has led to Albuquerque’s demise?  This all points at leadership, our mayor has lead Albuquerque down the wrong path, which has led to our city’s economic depression and the huge spike in the crime rate and a mass of police involved shootings.
It is true Berry has been “left holding the bag” at this point.  But Berry asked to be elected and re-elected so he doesn’t have the luxury of claiming poor me, he wanted to the job.  The deterioration has been in play for some time dating back several mayors from Jim Baca to Marty Chavez.  This all involved a series of bad or flawed decisions. (This topic is a story for another day.)
Now the question is how do we fix this?  How do we pull ourselves out of this cesspool that has been created by our “leaders”?  We need economic stimulus and growth in all sectors.  We need a better-rounded and educated workforce.
No one wants to come here and bring their business here when we are listed by the FBI as the second worst place in the United States of America. This brings us back down to square one. We need a real Chief of Police to provide true leadership and professionalism to the troops.  A real chief who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves, clean house and restore APD to the once great department it was.  Eden was a political choice and a poor one at that.
Folks don’t respect the police anymore; public trust has been lost.  We can give the truth here and everyone can know it but nothing will change till the Mayor of Albuquerque feels the pressure from you, the tax paying voter.

SIDEBAR ADDED 1/19/2015 Compliments of one of our Eyes...
 

Jan 11, 2015

Who was supposed to be In-charge?


Here is the million dollar question.  Why was a high ranking police lieutenant an active participant in a low-level drug bust?  This debacle may cost one of APD’s finest his life.
An APD undercover officer was shot multiple times by an APD Lieutenant who was an active participant in the drug bust.  The officer is now struggling to hold onto life.
The Eye On Albuquerque has made it very clear; we support our officers, however, we are still bound by the truth.  Here is what our research has shown.
The undercover unit was conducting a buy-bust operation.  The purpose is to remove another drug dealer off of our streets.  This makes our community safer.  The undercover offer completed the transaction and the arrest team started to move in, to arrest the drug dealer.  As undercover officers approached the drug dealer (seated on the passenger side of the car) realized they were cops and drew a gun.  We are told the lieutenant was approaching from the driver’s side of the car where the undercover officer was sitting.  It was not clear what the actual or perceived threat was discovered by the approaching lieutenant.  The lieutenant started firing his weapon striking the undercover officer multiple times.  To dissect this case would take a week and several pages to include everything from use of force to target identification to bullet placement to who was in charge of this incident?
The bottom line is this lieutenant has absolutely no business being an active participant in an incident he was supposed to be in-charge of.  If he would have maintained his position of authority as the Incident Commander the rest of the issues would be null.
Then there is any type of police situation the highest ranking officer is automatically in-charge of the incident according to APD’s Standard Operational Manual.  It talks about “Unity of Command” and   IC System (Incident Command).  The definition of Unity of Command provides that an employee is responsible to only one supervisor, who in turn is responsible to only one supervisor, and so on up the organizational police structure.   The Incident Command System (ICS) is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.  ICS is normally structured to facilitate activities in five major functional areas: command, operations, planning, logistics, intelligence & investigations, finance and administration.  It is a fundamental form of management, with the purpose of enabling incident managers to identify the key concerns associated with the incident—often under urgent conditions—without sacrificing attention to any component of the command system.”  (READ FEMA SOURCE HERESince this police lieutenant decided to be an active participant who was in charge?  Was there a captain, major, or perhaps a deputy chief out at this police situation?  The answer is no.  This lieutenant made a series of bad decisions with catastrophic results.
When a police officer starts to promote up the ranks they are removed that much more from the “action.”  This lieutenant wanted to play and be a patrol level officer and he acted as such.  This debacle ranks with the catastrophe involving Mr. Boyd.  In order for Mr. Berry and Mr. Eden to prove they are in control of the APD, accountable and responsible to the Citizens of Albuquerque; heads MUST ROLL.  This action should be swift, direct and decisive.  This case may actually warrant criminal charges.
The police administration must act immediately to ensure the continuum of public trust. This was not an oversight type issue or situation; this was a calculated and malice act by a high ranking APD lieutenant who violated every single fundamental and basic principal of management which resulted in an innocent officer being gravely injured. This incident may still result in criminal charges as well against this lieutenant.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer and his family.

Jan 10, 2015

Let the Voters Decide how They Wish to Be Policed

                                                        

The time has come for our community leaders to initiate the discussion with the citizens of Albuquerque on how they really wish to be policed.
The Albuquerque Police Department takes hundreds and hundreds of thousands of calls for service each and every year.  For the sake of argument let’s say, “the APD takes one million calls for service per year and during this year APD shot ten people.”  The amount of people shot by APD would be represented by a decimal .0000001.  Thus, it is almost immeasurable.  It also means that close to a million people received satisfactory service without any issues or problems.
If the majority of our citizens truly believe our coppers are these violent, crazy and abusive officers; there is a simple fix.  Police officers can start running full code 3 to all calls so the offenders have plenty of time to leave the scene.  Officers will no longer stop speeders, drunk drivers, red light violators or reckless drivers.  Officers will no longer arrest people for domestic violence, burglaries, armed robberies, rape, home invasions, gang bangers, drug dealers, etc… this is due to the fact the offenders know officers are coming.  Another alternative is to have the dispatch department hold the calls for a standard amount of time/delay.  Sorry to the citizens who are frantic on the phone begging for an officer to come save them since we will not permit the officers to become involved in any situation that may cause the officer to become involved in a use of force/deadly force situation.  Officers will not conduct proactive patrols but will work out of a substation and only leave when dispatched and immediately return back to the substation after the call.  Officers can file criminal complaints and allow the courts to handle it.  Robbery suspects, rapist, pedophiles and others will not be arrested but will be formally charged in the court system.
There will be no more complaints about officers speeding or sitting in a Circle K drinking coffee or the officer sat and ate dinner for 32 minutes.  There will be no more take home cars.  Since we do not need officers out and about or giving the appearance the police force is larger than it is.  Let’s turn the city over to the thugs and the protesters.  No more officers hurt or killed.
This will also prevent overcrowding at the correctional facilities initially.
This will prevent the officers from becoming involved in any type of possible physical or violent confrontation.  We hear the question being asked, “Who will arrest all the bad guys?” We have a fix for that to.  APD will subcontract out to DOJ to handle all of the arrests or perhaps we could contract out to bounty hunters.
The public has a right to be policed the way they want.  The citizens pay the bills.  We can see gun sales going up and a lot more murders in Albuquerque.  The APD can act as administrators, taking reports, filing, processing evidence, preparing cases for prosecution and submitting criminal complaints.  This is not really far-fetched.
The true reality of this is; criminals dictate how they wish to be treated.  Do not commit crimes and you will never have a negative encounter with an officer.  Do not commit robberies, do not rape, do not commit child abuse, do not attack an officer, do not drive drunk, etc…How is it the voice of a few loud mouth rioters and looters control public policy.  They are not the majority but the minority.
Has there been a bad shooting at APD?  Yes, but this is Not reflective of the entire department.  The voting/tax paying citizens need to stand up for the officers and tell the cop haters to stop bashing our community servants.  The majority of the cop haters are people who are looking for a legitimate reason to commit civil disorder and to loot.  These people are criminals themselves.  It is time to put a stop to the bashing.  We need our police officers and they need full police authority to protect, defend and serve the community.  Otherwise we might as well all strap a gun to our sides and go back to the Wild West mentality or are we already there?

Jan 3, 2015

We Stand Behind Our Coppers

To all of our friends:

The Eye On Albuquerque has been dedicated to exposing lies and liars of the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Police Administration and other government agencies and personnel.
The intent of the Eye On Albuquerque was NEVER to be cop haters or to bash our coppers.  The intent of the Eye On Albuquerque is to support and improve our law enforcement community by exposing the truth and rooting out the bad and evil.
In the coming weeks we will begin a systematic process of cleaning up in general. If you are for the truth of the matter this is a great place; if you are anti-police you may decide this is a site you may not wish to visit. We completely understand and harness no ill feelings.
Our message is clear: We stand firmly behind the men and women of the Albuquerque Police Department. We will not stand to see any police officer hurt or injured.

Respectfully,
The Eye On Albuquerque
"The Piercing Truth"

Dec 25, 2014

Ghost of Christmas Past....

 Tis the season once again to look back and reminisce, remember, and reinforce memories of why we here in the Duke City have the mess in front of us that we have. Memories seem to run short, get clouded and sadly enough... get forgotten.
The internet is unforgiving and the Eye on Albuquerque is making it's list, and checking it twice. We plan to make sure that when 2015 comes, it is a year of long overdue accountability for the naughty and not nice. While those responsible for this mess are  nestled all snug in their beds with visions of BLOATED PERA CHECKS and KICKBACKS dancing in their heads, the lies, and past treachery arise from the dead.

Stink Stank Stunk
The former cause of this mess and resident coward in hiding, ex disgraced police chief Raymond D. Schultz, has chosen to recently poke his worthless head out. It must have been that uncontrollable urge to let out a lie or ten. Yes, it is amusing that we do not see hide nor tail of this turkey, but when we do, it is another colossal tale of untruthfulness that he spins with a strait face. You would think this confirmed liar would stay under his rock, but the lack of attention must have gotten to him. You see, this irrelevant little cancer is taking issue with accusations against him that he personally involved himself in a criminal investigation pushing for charges against Del Norte school principal Sandra Jo Sloan back in June of 2011 Why is this interesting you say?
Timing is the reason. Knowing how this administration works, and how they have done things since there was even a twinkle of a DOJ investigation, all you need to do is look at the patterns, behavior, reactions, and compare it all.  One thing is consistent. They all lie then hide when caught or to avoid being caught up further in their lies.

"Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful
assortment of rubbish imaginable mangled up in tangled up knots!"

After piquing our interest by this unexpected and odd surfacing, we here at the Eye decided to ask why. After that, we then asked Who, What, When Where and How? Then the twisted scam revealed itself, and how something that was once all about one selfish coward enveloped everyone around him, until it destroyed an entire police department, a city and numerous lives.

Something like a Department of Justice investigation just does not all of the sudden happen. There is rumor, speculation, and leaks over time as it approaches. Questions get asked, and people make phone calls, especially the fearful possible targets of such an investigation. It builds up until the point is reached to where all the speculation is either confirmed or dismissed. That day was Tuesday November 27th 2012, the day Kenneth J. Gonzales announced much to the chagrin of Mayor Richard Berry and FORMER police chief Raymond D. Schultz that they were going to launch an investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department. Knowing that this was a possibility from at least August 1st 2011, when the city council voted 5 to 4 for a DOJ investigation, but was then stalled and obstructed by Berry's veto, Schultz and this administration did everything they could to obstruct, if not totally roadblock the investigation by planning, conspiring, and contriving schemes, intimidating and tampering with witnesses, and cases, abusing the judicial system, destroying and or hiding evidence, maliciously prosecuting, or attempting to maliciously prosecute cases and lying under oath themselves or directing others to do the above before, during, and after the launch of the investigation. Since this was a boiling topic before the city council vote, this means there was warning going back to mid 2010 after the killing of Kenneth Ellis III, that the city council may push for a Department of Justice investigation into the Department. Looking at this time frame, we have from mid 2010 until the completion of the DOJ investigation on April 10, 2014 to fill in the pieces.

In November of 2010 prominent Albuquerque attorney Mary Han was found murdered in her home, and the crime scene was handled in such an unacceptable and unprofessional criminal manner that the Attorney General admonished the department for it's actions that day. Mrs. Han had just dissolved her partnership with her law firm partner, and was in the process of investigating numerous claims of civil rights violations involving many alleged prostitute contacts with APD personnel. While all of this was going on, the murder of 11 victims found in the West Mesa of the City of Albuquerque on February 2nd of 2009 was already a cold case. Word was that Mrs. Han was on to a possible prostitution ring. In June 2011, former UNM professor Chris Garcia aka "Burque Pops" gets arrested for running the internet prostitution ring, SOUTHWEST  COMPANIONS. None other than Lieutenant at the time William Roseman holds a press conference announcing the arrest. One media outlet reported that the membership base reportedly includes individuals from a cross-section of society, and Darren White was actually quoted as saying "There are probably some very nervous people out there right now." How about that? Our Eyes have told us the hard drives seized from Burque Pops contain the names and IPs of several high ranking politicians, city and state officials. Would this be enough to make ghosts out of people? We think so.

The Burque Pops case gets dismissed, and APD moves onto another investigation. As the city council of Albuquerque prepares to vote on bringing in the DOJ to investigate APD on August 1 of 2011, Keith Sandy of the Vice unit sensationalizes the arrest of former District Court Judge Pat Murdoch by arresting him at his office on Tuesday July 19, 2011 just prior. In August city council voted yes on the DOJ investigation and the Mayor Vetoes it. Pat Murdoch's case gets tossed out too.

In February of 2011, APD officers Doyle and Woolever apprehend an armed fleeing felon wanted for murder and numerous violent felonies without resorting to deadly force. They are cleared by their commander. As the city council DOJ vote draws near Schultz devises a second distraction tactic, and reopens an investigation into officers Woolever and Doyle, subsequently terminating them. While all of this is going on Christopher Torres is shot and killed in April of 2011 and Alan Gomez is shot in the back and killed while unarmed in front of his home in May of 2011. Remember how we told you things just don't happen. Apply this philosophy to city contracts and bureaucracy and they really don't just happen. It takes time. On January 17th of 2013 Tazer inked a 1.5 million dollar open ended contract with the city that was greased by Schultz in his own words. That plan was in the works since July of 2011, when APD got their first Tazer shotguns. In November of 2011 Doyle and Woolever are fired and Schultz, Jason Peck along with others are subsequently caught in lies involving the case and investigation. Now add in some more diversions and distractions and we are full circle now with what brought our attention to this matter in the first place, Schultz's meddling in the prosecution of a School Principal and several other matters to protect his own hide and the hides of his friends and people he owes favors to. Now we know exactly what they mean when they say "following orders from whoever tells us what to do" It is as clear as a bell now.

Christmas Present
In the custom of staying consistent in the only thing those running APD ever stay consistent in; extortion, retaliation, blame deflection, and ruining lives, and lying,  investigators from the same units are again directed to guide another investigation into another preconceived direction, by corrupt officials in order to cover for individuals, promote their agendas, and keep their track record of justified murders not getting prosecuted. Yet again, another shiny object is thrown out there to take attention away from the corrupt and prosecution of those deserving it; the Brandenberg investigation. It seems old Turkey Neck Schultz schooled his underlings well in the art of subversion and treacherous tactics. They have learned from the best how to abuse their positions to keep the cover ups going, and to deflect attention. Nothing has changed, and the officers in this case even admit how eerily similar their investigation was to the Murdoch case. It is evident that individuals running APD have turned the agency into a Criminal Enterprise worthy of most in depth criminal investigation since the Knapp Commission.
They have lied to the media, the courts and to the citizens. They have devised intricate plans and proceeders for optimizing the spread of lies beneficial to them by releasing such information only on the first three days of a week and never on a weekend. When the information to be released is damning to their agendas, it is released on a Friday late in the day and they hide from being interviewed or asked questions. All of the water carriers who have proven themselves loyal to this regime have been protected, promoted or rewarded for the water they have carried.
    
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
As we reach 2015, we here at the Eye want everyone not to lose sight of the big picture here. Keep your eye on the big present; discovery, investigation, and prosecution of everyone and anyone that is covering for official corrupt criminal abuse of power and office and those legally advising those involved in these activities exposed and stripped from employment, office and financial gain. The city needs to be made whole again. Schultz has used his position, the department, employees, the citizens and any means necessary to fill his pockets like a coward. 2015 should be the year he is held accountable for it. Not only him, but those in the city attorney's office who have assisted him, those in positions throughout the political landscape, active and retired who have been a part of this, and those in the media who have protected him...Kent. We know who all of you are, and what all of you have done.

Stay relentless this holiday season and keep the heat on. There's many chestnuts to roast. So, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!



Dec 19, 2014

Welcome to the Garden of Eden!

Richard Berry appointed Gorden Eden to the top position at the Albuquerque Police Department in February 2014.  Berry said after a national search Eden was the “best man” for the job.  It has been ten months and what brilliance has Gorden Eden shown us?
March 21, 2014, Eden holds a press conference regarding the Boyd shooting where he announces the shooting appears “justified” and then incorrectly names a Supreme Court case as the reason why.  This sparks riots in Albuquerque and protests around the nation. (this was during the 8 days Richard Berry went AWOL from Albuquerque).
April 8 2014, Eden names his friend retired APD SWAT command Robert Huntsman to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police.  Huntsman created the same SWAT team that is now the subject of damning comments by the DoJ.  Huntsman, when asked by KRQE, how he can now clean up the SWAT team when he created the current SWAT team, was silent.  Huntsman has not agreed to be interviewed since.
May 6, 2014, Eden cancels the National Police Memorial service on Civic Plaza.  This service had been done yearly to honor those local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.  Eden tells those who wish to attend to drive to Santa Fe and attend the service there.  Later in the month Eden and Berry do hold a small / dysfunctional service at the police academy.
May 2014, Eden hires PR expert Janet Blair to help his tarnished image.  In August 2014 Janet Blair quits amid controversy that she is at odds with Eden and his command staff over the releasing of public documents, as defined by the IPRA statute.
May 2014 Eden promotes Tim Gonterman to the rank of major.  Tim Gonterman cost the city $300,000 in a civil suit where he tortured a citizen with a Taser gun, burning the citizens’ ear off.  The DoJ blasted APD in their investigation for Taser abuse. Eden ignores outrage by the citizens, saying Gonterman has learned and now is a better officer.
June 2014, Eden bans APD officers from speaking to the DoJ without his permission.  Eden apologies, again.
July 2014, Eden sends an undercover officer to spy on citizens protesting police shootings.  This officer was also involved in a police shooting.  Again this sparks outrage among the community.
August 2014, Eden announces that he is postponing a new cadet class, even though APD (at this time) was below 940 officers and it is budgeted for 1,000, because APD didn’t have the money.  Richard Berry has to countermand this decision by saying APD is budgeted for 1,000 officers.
August 2014, Eden gives the Academy Director a letter of reprimand for falsifying documents of training that were sent to the state academy.  He gave the officer who blew the whistle on this crime an 80 hour suspension.  So much for protecting the whistleblower.
September 2014, APD and Eden are sued in court by KRQE and other news agencies for violating the IPRA statute pertaining to the release of documents.
October 2014, Eden / Berry put forth a proposal to retain senior officers with a retention bonus.  Richard Berry announces that APD has 891 sworn officers and could go below 800 by the end of 2015.  Eden says it is not his fault APD is losing officers faster than they can recruit, Eden says the fault is with changes to the retirement system.  Eden states that morale amongst APD officers is very high.  The state retirement PERA warns Albuquerque that the retention bonus is pension spiking and will cause a $6,000,000 unfunded liability.  Eden doesn’t respond to PERA.  APD continues to lose officers.
November 2014, Eden fires Officer Jeremy Dear for repeatedly not using his lapel camera, even though evidence supports that the Taser Axion Lapel Camera was defective.  During this same time Eden does nothing to Huntsman’s SWAT team members who continually ignore his orders to run their lapel cameras.  It seems the only lesson SWAT learned after the Boyd shooting was to make sure no cameras are running.  Nothing happens to SWAT because Huntsman provides his favorite officers cover.
November 2014, the Albuquerque Free Press reports that Reynaldo Chavez, APD Records Custodian, has cost the citizens $48,000 in settlements for illegally denying public records requests.  Eden does nothing.
December 2014, Eden gives the officer who crushed a citizens testicle 240 hour suspension.  Even though this officer is on camera destroying video evidence of this incident, Eden doesn’t fire him and does not request a criminal investigation into charges of evidence tampering.  The State Certification Board rescinds this officers police certification.
December 2014, APD leaks an investigation to their friends at the Journal that District Attorney Kari Brandenburg is being investigated for bribery of a witness.  This investigation started in October 2013, yet the NM Attorney General was not asked to take it over (because of conflicts of interest) until November 25, 2014.  The DA was never interviewed by any APD detective regarding these allegations.  Eden refuses to answer any media questions regarding the leaked investigation.  The IPRA statute allows law enforcement to not release documents of an ongoing investigation, yet APD handed the Journal everything regarding the Brandenburg investigation.  Eden won’t comment as to why.  Eden has not opened an investigation into who leaked this investigation to the Journal.  Eden will not comment as to when he knew about this investigation.  Eden allows a inflammatory, weak, investigation to be leaked to the press, making unsubstantiated allegations against the current District Attorney, but he won’t answer any questions about it.
(side note.  There is speculation that the District Attorney had hinted to Eden that she was going to recommend charges be filed in the Boyd shooting.  This may answer why one of the APD shooters retired right away, to protect his pension.  The law currently allows for PERA retirees to keep their pensions, even if convicted of a crime, but if they are not retired they could lose their pension.  This may also explain why the allegations against the District Attorney were leaked to the media.  This is just speculation as of now, but APD does not have a stellar reputation and this has further damaged it.)

Brandenburg of course came back swinging saying that, to heck with a grand jury, we're going to present the Boyd case before a judge. (this led many to speculate if DA Brandenburg won't be "Mary Han'd").

December 2014,  Without any comment by Eden, APD's police union independently comes out and says:

"... the New Mexico PERA board has taken legal action against the City of Albuquerque to prevent this pay increase from benefiting any officers top three retirement percentages, the PERA board is accusing the city of unlawfully spiking the retirement averages. This is an absurd reaction by PERA and the City of Albuquerque is planning to take this fight to court, to ensure that officers will benefit from these increases. The executive Board also gave authorization for the APOA to assist the city in defeating this frivolous clam made by PERA. Our assistance will be, that of an ingested party and we will not be providing the city any monetary assistance for this litigation." --APOA President Stephanie Lopez.
These are just a few of the mistakes Eden has made in just ten months at the helm of APD.  Do we think he was the “best” or “most qualified” man for the job of Chief?  No.  Do we think it is time for Richard Berry to dismiss Eden?  Yes.  Will Richard Berry do anything?  No.  The next three years are going to damage APD and it will take years to repair the injury.  Eden is not the chief to lead APD into 2015, he should be replaced and a real qualified officer hired. 
                                                                                                                                   ---Desert Hawk

Dec 16, 2014

APD Staffing to Fall Below 700 in 2015!!!

Recently, the great alcalde stated that it was all Santa Fe's fault that APD officers were leaving the department in droves. Nevermind what's been reported that there are more cops retiring from APD than all cops retiring statewide, once again Berry-Alcalde has failed to take any responsibility for his mess. We are not alone in this observation, and as the email written by retired APD sergeant Dan Klein forwarded to us from one of our Eyes shows, we are in the company of well respected retired members of APD:

"Dan McCay of the Journal wrote an excellent article on December 14, 2014 detailing the manpower crisis within the Albuquerque Police Department.  Mr. McCay's article unfortunately did not answer one very important question; Why did APD go from 1,100 officers in 2010 to 884 officers in December 2014?  Answer this question and Albuquerque can start to fix their police staffing problems, without getting PERA and the State of New Mexico involved.  But does Mayor Berry want to know this answer?

Here is what happened, in early 2010 newly elected Mayor Berry got rid of the Senior Police Officer Retention Bonus program.  This program did not involve PERA and was run in-house by the APD.  An audit of this program in 2012 showed that 129 APD officers delayed their retirements to take advantage of this program.  Once Mayor Berry ended it, those 129 officers retired.  In 2010 Mayor Berry set aside the labor agreement that had been agreed to between Albuquerque and the APOA.  APD officers subsequently went five years without any pay raises, and the raises that were promised were taken away by Mayor Berry.  More APD officers then retired because who wants to stay working for a city that won't honor it's own contract?  In 2010 Mayor Berry changed APD hiring standards to require sixty college credit hours to become an APD officer.  Immediately, the hiring pool for APD shrank, just like it did in 2001 when past Mayor Jim Baca tried the same requirement.  APD, which under the old standards, would have Academy classes of over fifty cadets, saw this number shrink to less than twenty.  Several times since 2010 APD would graduate only ten new officers. With cadet classes lasting six months it was easy to see that APD Recruiting was not keeping pace with retirements.  If Mayor Berry thought this college requirement would bring in more actual cadets he needed to raise the pay accordingly (college graduates), but instead he took away pay and for five years refused to sign a labor contract with the APOA.  The college requirement excluded candidates who, instead of going to college, went to work. These non-college applicants showed they could keep a job, support a home and family.  Under the college requirement at APD, proving you were a mature worker and a stable part of the community didn't matter, all Mayor Berry wanted was sixty college credit hours, this even includes degrees in Liberal Arts and Culinary Arts! 

Now you have your answer as to why APD has lost over twenty five percent of its’ police officers since 2010.  Poor policies by Mayor Berry at the beginning of his tenure as mayor has come back to haunt us now.  And what is the biggest problem with APD?  Mayor Berry's refusal to accept responsibility for his actions and his refusal to change direction.  Mayor Berry finds it easier to blame PERA and others instead of looking in the mirror and seeing that he created this mess."

Thank you for your service Sergeant Klein. And our Eyes inside APD tell us that the exodus within APD is not stopping with the mere offering of cash to those who are eligible to retire. One would think by now Berry-Alcalde would know that you can't pay somebody enough to risk their life everyday while at work. So what's causing these retirements must be something other than money.......