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
Apr 1, 2014
2014 Recruiting Binge: History Repeats Itself
Over the last few days, the braintrusts on the 11th and 5th floors have been planning the unveiling of their "dynamic" new recruiting plan called: APD Recruting for the New Millennium.
Well as we all sit in the mist of last weekend's CS gas, an Eye in city hall forwarded us this little manual from our friends at DOJ that talks about...recruiting and retention in the new millenium. The irony does not miss us at the Eye nor does the absence of any original ideas from our friends at Albuquerque City Hall.
There has been much talk about $40,000 sign on bonuses for new/lateral officers. The idea of these bonuses while existing APD union members languish under a pay rate that's slipped backward since Berry took, well, we mean Perry took the reigns of the city's government, is unsettling to say the least.
As the Eye is always looking to help folks, to save you from reading the 100+page manual, your loveable Eye will summarize the basic elements of the New Millennium plan. You see much of it is built on solid principals and concepts that for whatever reason our friends known as Berry/Perry seem to think don't apply in the Albuquerque for many of these concepts were eliminated by Berry/Perry...
According to our friends at the RAND Institute and COPS office of the DOJ:
A solid retention and recruiting plan has three core elements: Planning & Analysis, Financial Impact Reduction, and Enhancing Compensation & Other Benefits.
Planning & Analysis: Employers need to ensure what are the demographic trends, workload demands, job satisfaction, morale, exit & stay interviews, eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy, terminate unnecessary staff, improve communication, conduct job surveys, employ the right type of supervisors, and identify at-risk employees.
In other words: Know what you have.
Financial Impact Reduction: Offer realistic job previews and ride-alongs, employ laterals, provide apprentice programs, and employ part-time staff.
In other words: Make due with less training and reduce upfront overhead (aka academy).
Enhancing Compensation & Other Benefits: Increased & flexible compensation programs, longevity pay, quality training and state of the art equipment, tuition & housing reimbursement, job sharing, alternate or compressed work schedules, multiple career ladders, child care, fitness facilities, and take home cars.
In other words: Be competitive.
All of this sounds great but there's one problem here in the land of Berry/Perry:
You see, it's this person, RJ Berry who, and his buddy Toto Perry, who have led APD to where it is. Regardless of where you stand on the events of this past weekend, a city such as Albuquerque needs a healthy police force. And thanks to this person, APD is an the threshold of becoming a sub-unit of the US Department of Justice. So however great these ideas are, and lets be honest APD used to have all of them, it's all fiction. And Berry's ideas have about as much originality, as well, nothing.
Here's a link to the manual if you'd like to read it for yourself:
P.S. Keep your Eyes open for a very interesting story coming soon regarding APD's Academy that is sure to make waves. A story that builds upon the news we broke a few weeks ago......