The time has come for our community leaders to initiate the discussion with the citizens of Albuquerque on how they really wish to be policed.
The Albuquerque Police Department takes hundreds and hundreds of thousands of calls for service each and every year. For the sake of argument let’s say, “the APD takes one million calls for service per year and during this year APD shot ten people.” The amount of people shot by APD would be represented by a decimal .0000001. Thus, it is almost immeasurable. It also means that close to a million people received satisfactory service without any issues or problems.
If the majority of our citizens truly believe our coppers are these violent, crazy and abusive officers; there is a simple fix. Police officers can start running full code 3 to all calls so the offenders have plenty of time to leave the scene. Officers will no longer stop speeders, drunk drivers, red light violators or reckless drivers. Officers will no longer arrest people for domestic violence, burglaries, armed robberies, rape, home invasions, gang bangers, drug dealers, etc… this is due to the fact the offenders know officers are coming. Another alternative is to have the dispatch department hold the calls for a standard amount of time/delay. Sorry to the citizens who are frantic on the phone begging for an officer to come save them since we will not permit the officers to become involved in any situation that may cause the officer to become involved in a use of force/deadly force situation. Officers will not conduct proactive patrols but will work out of a substation and only leave when dispatched and immediately return back to the substation after the call. Officers can file criminal complaints and allow the courts to handle it. Robbery suspects, rapist, pedophiles and others will not be arrested but will be formally charged in the court system.
There will be no more complaints about officers speeding or sitting in a Circle K drinking coffee or the officer sat and ate dinner for 32 minutes. There will be no more take home cars. Since we do not need officers out and about or giving the appearance the police force is larger than it is. Let’s turn the city over to the thugs and the protesters. No more officers hurt or killed.
This will also prevent overcrowding at the correctional facilities initially.
This will prevent the officers from becoming involved in any type of possible physical or violent confrontation. We hear the question being asked, “Who will arrest all the bad guys?” We have a fix for that to. APD will subcontract out to DOJ to handle all of the arrests or perhaps we could contract out to bounty hunters.
The public has a right to be policed the way they want. The citizens pay the bills. We can see gun sales going up and a lot more murders in Albuquerque. The APD can act as administrators, taking reports, filing, processing evidence, preparing cases for prosecution and submitting criminal complaints. This is not really far-fetched.
The true reality of this is; criminals dictate how they wish to be treated. Do not commit crimes and you will never have a negative encounter with an officer. Do not commit robberies, do not rape, do not commit child abuse, do not attack an officer, do not drive drunk, etc…How is it the voice of a few loud mouth rioters and looters control public policy. They are not the majority but the minority.
Has there been a bad shooting at APD? Yes, but this is Not reflective of the entire department. The voting/tax paying citizens need to stand up for the officers and tell the cop haters to stop bashing our community servants. The majority of the cop haters are people who are looking for a legitimate reason to commit civil disorder and to loot. These people are criminals themselves. It is time to put a stop to the bashing. We need our police officers and they need full police authority to protect, defend and serve the community. Otherwise we might as well all strap a gun to our sides and go back to the Wild West mentality or are we already there?