Not satisfied with restoring order in their own community and achieving the confidence of the very citizens they serve and the officers they employ, our Eyes tell us the entire 5th Floor went on a taxpayer funded jaunt to San Diego. All the deputy chiefs, Chief Schultz, and APD HR czar and stairwell stalker Karen Salazar spent the last few days in San Diego at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. Instead of focusing on the endless issues plaguing their very own department, the fearless leaders of APD and their cohorts received one of the 2012 IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Awards. In issuing the award, organizers of the IACP stated:
"This award is presented annually to agencies and departments worldwide in recognition of excellence in police work. Focusing on strengthening community relations, communications and promoting overall law enforcement, this year's winners are once again prime examples of effective law enforcement community programs to be emulated by their public safety peers around the world."
In accepting the award, Chief Schutz went on his usual script of falsifications where he uses technology (that doesn't work or is not operational) and cooperates (co opts) with the private sector to achieve success. In other words, if not for his actions, there would have been fatalities at the NM State Fair parade a few weeks ago.
We at the Eye find this hugely ironic. Given Chief Schultz has driven APD into the ground where there are fewer field officers on the street than there were twenty years ago, all but the most inexperienced senior officers remain, endless 1983 lawsuits march forward, its leadership is mired in allegations of destroying evidence, hiding reports, and defying court orders from numerous high-profile incidents, and virtual total distrust from citizens in its jurisdiction, we can hardly swallow the idea of Chief Schultz, DCOP Feist, Banks, Warfield and others receiving an award recognized for excellence or "strengthening community relations."
In fact, we think the IACP's first president, Washington DC police Chief Richard Sylvester would even believe it and perhaps has rolled in his grave. Chief Sylvester was credited for advocating a citizen-soldier model, and was responsible for development of the many paramilitary aspects of policing. Something that APD has abandoned with their "student" training model at the their once nationally recognized academy. Given Chief Schultz's propensity for, in the best of light, misrepresenting information and events, or in reality, lying, we wonder what data was provided to the IACP to defraud them to assign this award to APD's commanding officers...
But as the Chief's assistant, Mayor Berry stated, "This recognition reaffirms what we have been saying all along….We have one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country." That being said, then please tell us Mr. Mayor, why are things in such failure and a virtual crisis?