Can the mayor, police chief or city council point to a specific study for why APD is supposed to be staffed at 1,100 (that was the number the last 6 years) as compared to the 1,000 we are staffed for now?
We don't think so but maybe they will surprise us and show they didn't pull this number out of thin air. Why hasn't Eden, Berry or the Council ordered a study and report on APD resources? Where are the officers assigned? Do we need 1,000 or with better management and clear goal as to what APD's mission is will 900 be the number? If you ask Eden, Berry and the Council do any of them have any idea what APD's mission is? If so your loveable Eye hasn't heard it.
We are confident an outside study of where APD manpower is at will show many sitting behind desks doing jobs that civilians could do better and for less. A study would clearly show a duplication of effort between APD and APS Police at the area schools. This amounts to around 40 APD officers who are doing the job of APS Police. This is a waste of taxpayer money. Now we know people will scream that they want their children protected, but either put APD in charge of all APS Schools or put APS Police in charge, but having both agencies with officers in schools is a very poor use of APD resources.
So go ask Eden, Berry and the Council just what they want APD mission to be. We bet you get a wide range of lengthy answers that just spin. Here is what a police department should consider its most important function:
Response to citizens calls for assistance. This is number one. So what Berry, Eden and the Council should do is study APD resources, let APS Police handle their schools (or bring them under the APD banner like we did with open space). A breakdown of APD sworn officers should look like this:
65 % Field Services responding to citizens calls for help.
30% Detectives doing follow up investigations
5% administrative (the command staff this includes Lt's) recruiting and training
But we don' know why we waste our time. Albuquerque citizens don't care, they just move away and the folks in power just hire people to spin this debacle instead of fixing it. And pay them even more....
We do know this, the staffing of APD is hot issue. Within minutes of Eden stating there was no funding for the October academy class....PRESTO!!!!...in came the Berry Fairy with necessary funding for the class....