Week after week it seems as if The Journal and other various news outlets are blaming the problems with APD on training, or lack there of. Chief Schultz preaches to the citizens that he promises to hire better trained officers. Newsflash, the training the officers receive at the police academy is State Regulated. This is an incredible deflection technique on the part of the Chief and the Mayor. The issues with the police department are not "training issues", they are ADMINISTRATION ISSUES!
The Eye has been told that there is going to be heavy duty training reconstruction going on at the police academy. From what the Eye has heard, the city is going to hire an outside individual with no ties to law enforcement and no ties to APD to oversee the police academy. This civilian will in essence be the highest in the Chain of Command for the academy staff. We have been told that this comes with a price tag of $100,000.00 a year.
So, lets get this straight: $100,000.00 will be spent YEARLY for someone to make sure that the academy is adhering to the standards set forth by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS). The current academy staff is fully competent and diligent in their teaching and training efforts. The lesson plans are not plans that they make up and do not solely represent APD only. The lesson plans are from NMDPS and follow the state standards. This plan is not only ludicrous and a waste of money, this is a slap in the face to the entire academy staff. Maybe Mayor Berry and Chief Schultz should rethink their $100,000.00 investment. If training is the major issue, maybe NMDPS should foot the worthless bill and not the citizens of Albuquerque.
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? 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