RJ Berry recently stated, "the City is still on track to make 2010-12 the years with “the three lowest crime rates in the past 20 years.”
Really? Not according to recent stories in the television or print (mayor's spin paper) media:
But given there's always a chance that the media got it wrong, we looked at the FBI's own actual data and once again, RJ Berry has misrepresented and LIED about crime being at a 20-year low.
Then there is the issue of morale in the Department. As the book "Speed of Trust" indicates (remember earlier this year when APD promoted its reading during a quarterly management meeting?), organizations with high levels of trust not only have happier employees, but more productive employees.
According to Berry, "The City will offer $5,000 bonuses to cadets who finish the police academy and $500 bonuses to city employees who succeed in recruiting an officer. The initiatives are aimed, in part, at bolstering recruitment in case there’s a heavy wave of retirements." Sadly, RJ Berry not only misunderstanding the nature of police employment (even after boasting he's managed the department well) but has no clue about leadership. As he stated it is "neither my goal nor my job to win a popularity contest" and while being leader may not include being popular, all successful leaders are respected--something Berry neither understands nor has achieved.
However, we find it curiously ironic given Berry's much promoted status as a Republican "businessman" that his solution to the problems facing APD is to throw money at it. As endless studies concerning employee morale and productivity reflect, pay is rarely a significant factor in an employee's happiness and productivity. Since Berry and Schultz persist in their ignorance and inability in running the largest city and largest police force in New Mexico, here's a reminder of the top 25 elements affecting employee morale and performance:
According to a national study concerning morale amongst law enforcement officers, the top 25 elements affecting morale are the following:
1. Administration plays favoritism
2. Staffing levels are low
3. Motivation and morale is bad
4. Communication is very poor
5. Administration is “out of touch”
6. Administration does not support us
7. Discipline is unfair and inconsistent
8. Fellow employees have bad attitudes
9. Accountability is unfair or inconsistent
10. Supervisors play politics
11. Employees aren’t listened to
12. Criminal Justice system is frustrating
13. Bias influences leaders decisions
14. Training (internal) is poor
15. Respect isn't demonstrated
16. Teamwork is pitiful
17. Planning is non-existent
18. Safety is a low priority
19. Salary is not high enough
20. Criticism – there’s too much of it
21. Don't go to enough training seminars
22. Cooperation among workers is poor
23. Goals and objectives are never used
24. Supplies are inadequate
25. Sincerity - a lack of it is prevalent
Where is pay? #19. Not even in the top 10. Given Berry and Schultz's recent action to deny, deflect, and blame when the responsibility clearly belongs to them, they are now polarizing the issue even further. If our Eyes want to provide examples of their own for any of the items listed here...please feel free. Facts do not lie; in contrast and comparison, Berry and Schultz make a living from lying.
We at the Eye will start with item #1: The Berry administration played disgusting favoritism when it failed to terminate deputy chiefs and commanders as they contaminated crime scenes and acted like ghouls instead of honoring their badge to initiate a criminal investigation.