For many years the coppers have told us there was a mutual respect shared by APD and the public. The bifurcation of the public and APD has many root causations. The question we pose today: is it a lack of professionalism that has led to publics diminished perception of APD?
As time has worn on has APD suffered an on-going diminishment of professionalism? There are many reasons for the slide towards hell APD has suffered. We are only going to look at a handful of what we view as major components that have been at the root cause.
APD started hiring just about anyone. These were cycles where APD would take anyone with a pulse. APD accepted many lateral officers who were, let’s say, questionable at best. This is not to put a slant on all lateral officers. Many of the laterals are wonder coppers. We are told at one point APD was accepting laterals whose only police experience was being a military officer manning a gate at a Government base. None of these folks ever attended a real police academy. People who were on the DO NOT HIRE list were pushed through the system and hired. This was all initiated by the chief and top management. Dismal training by APD by incompetent leadership and ultimately a civilian director who has compromised the department while engaging in what some have stated is unethical behavior while working for the APD.
APD started conducting training with DOE many years ago to improve their abilities and effectiveness. But then APD started training with the military whose goals and objectives differ from those of a civilian sworn officer. When a police officer must use deadly force the rule is “shoot to stop the action.” In sharp contrast when the military uses deadly force it is “shoot to kill.” Those two directives differ greatly from the chosen objectives. Police only want to stop the illegal act. The military objective is to kill the enemy. The public is not the enemy. We believe this is where APD started to slip deeper into the oblivious.
The primary root causation is poor leadership which continues to drag APD into the depths of hell. From the Galvin era through today the Eden era; the Police Department has been dealt a crappy hand over and over again. Failed leadership is a direct reflection of what APD is experiencing. We would like to also mention the lack of real and meaningful training. The vast majority of police officer involved shootings has been a result of a mentally ill person who has stopped taking their medication and whose actions become bazaar due to the mental illness. Yes, APD has started some training but it is only a band aide on a hemorrhaging amputation.
Note: What ever happened to being dedicated to the job and the people you serve? All of APD's top command are already make a sizeable salary and now they will receive an additional bonus of $12,000.00 a year? for what; failing to react appropriately and allowing the DOJ to take over the APD? There was a fix but failed leadership only mean a failed organization. The City and Berry have made it an acceptable practice of rewarding BAD BEHAVIOR. How many more officers could have been hired in lieu of paying the greedy to do their jobs? Top Brass will stay without any bonuses because without the badge and positional power; they are "no bodies." The fact of the matter is they are already "no bodies" but they are to ignorant to know the difference. This includes Albuquerque's Mayor Berry.
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