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

Aug 19, 2013

New Mexico's Attorney General's Report: Part 2

Berry's Boys start Digging their Own Grave

Whether a New Mexico Certified Peace Officer attended the state’s DPS or NMSP academies, or the Albuquerque Police Department's Academy, the instruction officers receive in handling and investigating a crime scene is fairly consistent across the board.

Under the Department of Public Safety Basic Peace Officer academy curriculum, Block 6 addresses “Principles of Criminal Investigation” and academies are required to devote at least 76 hours of instruction to cadets on the subject. Of this 76 hour block, 22 hours is devoted to the duties officers have as first responders to scenes and identifying, collecting, preserving, and processing evidence. Remember, these are duties...not options. They are expected and required. This is one of the reasons why officers are given higher credibility in court than citizens...they have sworn themselves to duties for citizens.

Several months ago and thanks to one of our Eyes, we were provided APD’s training material for crime scene investigation. This is the material we were told (and many of us remember) was used in the training of cadets and is consistent with APD’s internal Standard Operating Procedures. We’ve attached a couple of slides from the extensive PowerPoint which we have in its entirety (among other materials). While we are not going to summarize the lessons involved, we are going to highlight some of the basic PRELIMINARY rules of crime scene management.

We do this not to show how senior APD and city personnel violated Ms. Han’s crime scene, but to show that their actions were intentional. It simply is not possible for people who are entrusted in running the state’s largest city and police department to commit these actions and incactions by accident. They didn't forget about these procedures or their duty to follow them, they intentionally violated them.

The principals involved are very easy to follow, not complicated, and are consistent with common sense. But there are many of them, and it takes effort to violate virtually all of them in the ways that these perpetrators did on November 18, 2010 which because of their actions have led us to where we are today.

As new officers are instructed, “Objectives of Investigation” begins with Rule #1: Determine if a crime has been committed. This involves: a visual inspection, interview with victim and/or witnesses, and determine what crime has been committed. In the case of an unattended death, the presumption and best practice model is ALL unattended deaths are suspicious deaths and are treated as crime scenes.

Rule #2, Identify the Offender, requires officers to: search for their identity from interviews with victim and/or witnesses, or via evidence at the scene, and identify a motive.

Rule #3, Apprehension of the Offender, involves efforts to locate and take the offender in custody.

Rule #4, Gathering and Preserving Evidence, involves SECURING THE SCENE, request additional assistance, assess and search for evidence, and document the scene (photograph, sketch, etc.)

Officers are instructed that upon arrival, their duty is to PROTECT THE CRIME SCENE. There are two simple but very important reasons why crime scenes must be protected: 1) To prevent the destruction or removal of physical evidence and 2) To allow for accurate documentation of the scene and reconstruction of events at the scene.  Additionally, officers are required to remove unauthorized persons, determine the scene’s boundaries, identify evidence and make a safe path through the scene that will not disturb evidence, establish perimeters, and do no alter the scene.

This is basic academy training. And from there, cadets are instructed about this material for hours. And then they apply their learning in scenarios. Then the training is reinforced when they are paired up with training officers out on patrol. And finally they get to appreciate why this is all necessary in court because if there are deviations to this, evidence will get excluded and offenders get released….or not pursued.


Anonymous said...

Berry should take his Chief of Police, His Deputy Chiefs, and Their commanders, issue them all little white flags, and walk them through the resignation process because come the 8th of October, they will be unemployed.

Anonymous said...

All these are fine when you are taught in the academy. But, when a new recruit gets to the OJT phase, the lazy FTO jerk offs don't teach. they walk all over the place at a crime scene. It's a wonder if any rookie knows what to do after a year. Then talk about becoming a sergeant. It's nothing more than a popularity test. There is no professional development called NCO training. Read a couple a books and take the test, that's the sergeant's test in APD. Again, it's a wonder if any baffoon with the rank of LT and above knows the meaning of integrity. There are only a few exceptional officers left. Those that do their job even if it means having to write a report. I see sleeping cops in parking garages and empty lots. I work late at night too and a few lazy f**kheads are cops are my in-laws. I have only watched, but now with this forum, I get to speak out. Thank you Eye.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see another APD cop arrested for domestic violence. And this guy came on in late 2010, one of the college folks that Berry / Schultz think are better than everyone else.

Well guess what? Just like organic food, the idea of having a college background in for local police sounds good, but there are no studies that support it. Entry level, local police officers, without college but with a stable job history (and little or no debt) do just as good or better than your college graduates who have thousands in student loan debt.

So please Mr. Heh or Mr. Dinelli, whoever of you becomes the next mayor, drop this stupid college requirement. It didn't work back in 2001 and it isn't working now.

Anonymous said...

So who is the officer popped for DV? Why hasn't it been in the news? Maybe because he/she is one of the quantity not quality officers we got for the numbers?

Anonymous said...

No he's from the kinder gentler academy the one that does a better job getting people who can control their temper

Anonymous said...

So who is this kindler gentler officer?? And will he get not work in the RTCC while he is being 27d??