As you know from time to time we post letters from readers and even pull comments out of the comment section from time to time. This week we received a Letter to The Eye from Sergeant Paul Heh.
The sergeant has been the topic of a number posts both supportive and well... not so much. Like him or not one thing is sure, the veteran sergeant has an opinion and isn't afraid to share it.
A year ago, sergeant Heh spoke out during a city council meeting against the newest contract which earned him a visit to IA. This time it appears that he's none too happy with the APOA leadership.
No stranger to controversy, we're pretty sure this Letter to The Eye from Sergeant Heh will stir things up.
Sergeant, Paul J. Heh
When I write something I believe in it so I put my name on it. This is Paul J. Heh, APOA member for 22 years and at the risk of being targeted yet again, I have a few things to say.
First let me say that you Ron Olivas and you Joey Segalla are representatives of the members of the APOA. You work for the members, you are not above them. If what was reported on The Eye On Albuquerque is true, it is quite possible that a criminal investigation should be started by an outside agency such as the FBI. Joey, it is not up to you to decide if an investigation is warranted, it is the up to the members of the APOA. If it is true that you made the statement "I will resign before I do another cop," then resign. What about the hundreds of cops you are doing by not starting an investigation?
How can either of you justify paying for memberships for Calibers for all of SID? Calibers is a fine organization. I belong myself and I paid for the membership myself. Does this mean when my members hip expires in June the APOA will pay to renew it? Does this mean that all APOA members and non-members even non-sworn members will now have memberships to calibers paid for by the APOA? I have no problem with paying for memberships to calibers as long as everyone is treated the same.
Can you please explain why the APOA paid for Ken, Russ and their witnesses' trips to Arkansas for their criminal defense? Who were the witnesses? I respect both Ken and Russ, but again what about all the other officers, APOA members accused of crimes, where was their financial assistance? And please explain how a credit card belonging to ex-APOA President Pete Dwyer was used to pay for the trips.
There is much more just now coming to light, such as out of control spending. Is it true that you Joey are spending between $6,000 and $7,000 a month on your APOA issued credit card? I would like to know the answer and so would the membership. Please tell me the rumor is false. How much was put on the credit card from the recent trip to Washington, DC?
I will close by saying this. We are police officers, for me that means being about honor, integrity and ethics. I believe the APOA members feel the same. A full accounting of APOA finances going back ten years needs to be started at once by an accounting firm with no ties to the APOA and approved by the APOA membership.
This is my opinion I would like to hear yours.
Organizations have problems because there are people in them. The problems aren't really the issue unless you don't do anything about them or even worse, if you try to cover them up (just ask the 5th floor). If leadership doesn't work to solve the problem, then they are the problem.
People often wonder how elected government leaders like convict Manny Aragon get started? The answer is they cross a line on something small and no one does anything about it. Before long they're syphoning MILLIONS from the public coffers.
The members of the APOA are entrusted with policing Albuquerque. The question is are they capable of policing themselves?
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