That's how the Berry' paper known as Albuquerque Journal would have us believe how things are being handled in Berry's police department. But in reality, Berry’s APD Command Staff is "Playing Dumb (but are they Playing?)"
What does Richard Berry’s new APD have in store for Albuquerque? A lot more spin, inept leadership and outright lies.
Police Memorial Week
Let’s start with Police Memorial week. For years Albuquerque has always honored APD and BCSO line of duty officer deaths during the first week of May. Thas gone on for years and years. Well this year it was on the calendar for May 6. The FOP thought so as did a lot of APD officers. So what happened May 6? Nothing. It wasn’t important to Berry so it wasn’t done.
When citizens, politicians and officers started calling Berry’s office to ask what happened the first question Berry’s staff asked them was: “What is Police Memorial?”
Nice. Berry has been in office four years, during those four years we have had a police memorial every year. But now his staff doesn’t even know what a police memorial is. When directed to Berry’s Police Department we received the following answers from Command Staff:
1. “So much going on we decided it was easier to let the NMSP handle it in Santa Fe”
2. “We were ready but the city council protest on May 5 made us cancel it”
3. “APD Chaplain Briane Dennision retired (back in March 2013) and we weren’t prepared to handle it”
4. “We are so busy we just didn’t have the time”
5. “We had a police memorial ceremony?”
6. “We are afraid of protestors showing up”
7. “It conflicted with the FSB Officers Bid” (the bid was May 7, the memorial was May 6)
8. “It was BCSO fault”
This is just a few of the answers that Berry’s Command staff provided us. Yes this is the new APD. Berry’s Police Chief Eden has set the course. “I don’t know” is now the pat answer for the command staff at Berry’s APD.
The denial of knowledge at Berry’s APD doesn’t stop there.
The Albuquerque Journal comes with a story that could have been hard hitting, but that’s not the Journal’s style. It is about how Berry’s APD is closing the Polygraph Unit. Commander Rowe has taken the Berry / Eden course in not answering questions and playing dumb. Or maybe he really is just an idiot. Here is how he did it.
When asked about the reason for closing the Polygraph Unit, Commander Rowe stated that by outsourcing the Polygraph work the TWO officers currently in polygraph will be sent to the field where they are desperately needed. This is a LIE! One polygrapher is going to DUI Unit (not part of the FSB Bid for first responders). That leaves us with one polygrapher going to the FSB Bid. Now this officer is a retired rehire. He hasn’t been in a uniform and police car in almost 20 years! This guy is more of a liability that a help. Rowe forgets to mention this. Rowe also forgets to mention that no other specialized unit is being disbanded, zero, nada, none. So FSB is so short staffed that one officer is going to help. Really?
Furthermore Rowe could not say what moving to a private company for Polygraph will cost the taxpayer. Rowe couldn’t provide an estimate of how much the current Polygraph Unit costs. How about the training? The certification? The equipment? Nice, it’s not his money so he didn’t look into it. Oh I must correct myself, Rowe did say this “They’re not cheap”, thanks for the honesty Commander Rowe. Let’s see who gets “greased’ in order to have the polygraph business steered towards a Schultz/Berry business supporter shall we?
What the Journal was afraid to ask were the following two questions, first, was disbanding the Polygraph Unit caused by the unethical conduct of the Academy Director and the very same female polygraph officer? The director was married (to someone else) and the polygraph officer was being supervised by the director. Was this the reason Polygraph has been disbanded? Or the second question, did evidence come out that the Polygraph Unit was helping some applicants who had friends in high places? Were they causing other candidates to fail because those candidates were not liked or their families were not liked?
The Journal will never search for answers that make Berry look bad. Make no mistake the answers are out there. How much did the polygraph machines cost the city? How much does it cost to certify polygraphers? How much time was spent training the polygraphers in their “practice” and training? Just send an IPRA request to the city, you will get this answer. Too bad the guy running the unit doesn’t know, but that takes me back to the reason for this article.
Berry’s APD is now fully in bunker mode. Janet Blair gets hired because Berry is hoping by spending more of our money on his friends she will stop Eden and the APD Command Staff from looking dumb, dumb and dumber. Too bad Tasia isn’t being forced out to the FSB Bid, but remember, only one officer in an inside position is being forced to the field. At a time where we have the fewest first responders in recent history, only one officer is being forced out. Then we have the police memorial, or do we? After being pressured to hold it, Berry’s Police have decided to keep it out of the public view by holding it at the police academy. What is Berry ashamed of? I thought he loved his police officers (flashback to 2013 mayoral campaign). The police memorial is for the entire community, shame on those men and women on the fifth floor who wear the Albuquerque Police uniform but who don’t stand up for those who gave the supreme sacrifice. But this is Berry’s world. Albuquerque apathy has provided for four more years of turmoil. Good for us!