According to the Journal Rio Rancho’s new Chief of Police, Michael Geier, has stolen Albuquerque’s playbook (READ IT HERE). This is not possible because if Albuquerque used that playbook the City of Albuquerque would never be in the situation it is in. The APD has failed to properly train their police force which has led to the fall of a once great department.
The concept of training police officers in the art of dealing with people in crisis is nothing new for law enforcement and goes hand-in-hand with the use of force issues. If Ray Schultz’s preppy new academy would have trained these officers properly this deadly course APD has embarked upon would not exist.
When an officer is trained to react inappropriately; tragedy is inevitable. Instead of using the art of dealing with people in crisis, the officer responds violently to certain situations. An example is a mentally ill person in crisis who is not compliant. The officer becomes angry and reachs for the greatest power they have been trained with that they have at their disposal, mace, tazer, baton or a firearm. This is not warranted the majority of time.
According to Geier, the key is staying on top of current issues. We here at the Eye agree to a certain point. It would be better and more effective if a police department headed off issues before they become top current issues.
Berry and Schultz spent their time ruining the City’s police department. It will take many years to rectify all the damage caused by the donkey duel. Too bad Geier was not APD’s Chief but then again we know anyone with brains was a clear threat to Schultz, Perry and Berry.