There is no other way to describe The Albuquerque Police Department other than broken.
Our EYES inside A.P.D. tell us that the Officers
don't fear the criminals but do fear being the next target of City
Officers tell us they are afraid to
do their job for fear of being the target of City Hall on trumped up
charges in an effort to protect the administration. Officers tell us
that there is not enough of them to properly respond to and handle calls
and citizens have extremely long wait times
for officers to respond making a dangerous situation for the Officers
and the Public. Mayor Berry seems the solution is to have Officers
return to work after they retire.
We at the Eye ask Berry what alternate
universe does he live in? Out of the last 53
Officers that retired 35 of them bought time either from P.E.R.A. or
Military....just to get out early. Some paid in excess of $80,000.00 to
retire early the other 18 had enough time to retire (REPORTED K.O.A.T.
We at the EYE ask did the eighteen have
enough time to get full retirement? An Officer can retire at 20 years
under the old system that these Officers would be subject to. However
it takes 22years 10 month for an Officer to reach full retirement
benefits at 80%.
Mayor do you have your head up
and locked? This situation has never been a problem at A.P.D.,
Officers would stay many years after they had reached full retirement
eligible. Experience Officers leaving and no one to guide the young
officers is a disaster just waiting to happen. Officers
will retire many in their forties and will return to work but not at