So you think the Albuquerque Police Department has problems? Well, you’re right, but let’s talk about a City department that fly’s under the RADAR; City Security. You may recall the head of City Security was hired by former Democrat Mayor Martin Chavez and is still there under the current Republican Mayor Richard Berry. Yes, Mark Shepard is still the head of City Security. You may also recall Shepard was a retired A.P.D. Police Sergeant which qualified him for the job. Only problem is, Mr. Shepard never was a Police Sergeant and the truth doesn't matter when it comes to politics or Berry.
To be promoted within City Security all you have to do is be in “tight” with upper management, A.K.A. Mark Shepard. There is no testing process or procedure and our Eyes tell us a City Security Sergeant was hired whose only qualifications were working in a fast food restaurant; IS THIS TRUE? Really? Problems are ongoing with City Security because of the lack of supervision, training, and integrity especially by its supervisors. There has been a sincere lack of training for the past seven years, vacation has been denied or cancelled at the last minute after it has been approved, and officers are even denied time to attend City sponsored educational events after approval had been granted. Equipment is lacking and what is there does not work. Officers are forced to work alone without back up because the Department is so short handed. The caveat to this debacle is, Berry hires outside security rather than hire and train qualified personnel.
There are two problems with this; first, an outside employee with no experience or knowledge how to perform the job. No offense to those folks but they are simply clueless. Second, the security company used is rumored to be a relative of Mayor Berry's wife.
There are eight sergeants and four lieutenants for approximately eighty officers. Many Sergeants don't even drive to a security post to check on their officer(s), they call by over the telephone. We have to wonder what the supervisors do all day if they are not out actively supervising. New hires to the Department are brought in at a higher rate of pay than officers who have been there over eight years. We at the Eye wonder is the City of Albuquerque is completely broken? As long Berry and his crew of incompetent jesters lead the City in to one disaster after another, we will continue to see poor City services and vicarious liability increase.
One our Eyes wrote in and stated, “The City of Albuquerque under the Berry Administration should be changed to the ‘City of Albucrooky!’” The primary reason for this statement is due to Berry, Schultz and company. Oh, and we cannot forget the latest Berry “Albucrookian,” former APD Officer Mark Shepard.
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