APD held a graduation ceremony today for its latest recruitment class. The good news is that we just added 31 new officers to our police department. When these latest rookies learn what it's like to actually be in the field, we'll all be just a little bit safer.
The ceremony included almost 1,000 people and dignitaries with one conspicuous absence - Mayor Martin Chavez. One would think that if adding officers to the Albuquerque Police Department were one of the Almighty's priorities, that he would have damn well been there himself. Instead the mayor sent Chief Administrative Officer and ABQPAC alum Bruce Perlman (read it here) to the event.
Our Eyes at the event noticed a very interesting omission. During the pledge of allegiance while everyone stood either saluting the flag or covering their heart with their right hand, the Almighty Alcalde's representative did neither. Was it an oversight or a sign of disrespect? We don't really know. But we do know that a public official tapped to represent an elected official at an official function ought to know better. Mister Perlman would do well to remember that at any future events where he is representing the city, the mayor, and the people of Albuquerque.