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Highlights and Low Points: The Tenure of APD Chief Ray Schultz

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  • April 2005: Mayor Martin Chávez names Schultz as APD chief to replace Gil Gallegos, who had resigned amid a scandal involving the department’s evidence room. Schultz, then 44, describes the appointment as a “dream come true” and vows to clean up the mess.
  • August 2005: John Hyde, a mentally ill man, guns down APD officers Michael King and Richard Smith after killing three other people earlier in the day. Schultz, who went through the APD academy with King, took the deaths especially hard and began formulating plans to address the way APD deals with the mentally ill.
  • Fall 2005: Schultz begins rolling out initiatives to reduce property crimes. “When you drive property crimes down, all of the other crimes will go down with it,” he said. The theory has become a cornerstone of Schultz’s crime-fighting philosophy.
  • January 2006: Schultz announces creation of the Crisis Outreach and Support Team, a group of civilian APD employees who work with other agencies to help deal with mental health issues discovered when police respond to crisis situations.
  • October 2007: The Family Advocacy Center, designed to give victims of crimes a single place to go for assistance from the criminal justice system and medical staff, opens. Schultz has said the center is among his most significant accomplishments.
  • August 2010: Robert Reza, 37, killed himself after shooting six other people, killing two and wounding four during a rampage at Emcore. Schultz and APD’s rapid response to the incident has earned the department national accolades.
  • Fall 2010: Officer-involved shootings reach an abnormally high level. By year’s end, 14 men had been shot by police officers, nine of them fatally. As of today, city police have shot at 28 men since 2010, striking 25 and killing 18.
  • March 2011: Schultz institutes a comprehensive social media policy that says officers can’t identify themselves as such on publicly accessible websites “without written permission from the Chief of Police or his designee.” The policy came after news stories about offensive comments posted by officers on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • April 2011: APD officer Levi Chavez is indicted on a charge of killing his wife with his department-issued handgun in the couple’s Los Lunas home in 2007. Chavez spent 3½ years on the city payroll either on leave or at the Animal Welfare Department since being named a suspect in his wife’s death. Schultz fired Chavez after his indictment.
  • June 2011: State District Judge Theresa Baca hands down a judgment to the family of a man fatally shot by an APD officer in 2009 and blasts the department’s training methods as “designed to result in the unreasonable use of deadly force.”
  • November 2012: Federal officials launch an investigation into whether the Albuquerque Police Department has a pattern of violating people’s civil rights, specifically through its officers’ use of force.
  • February 2013: State District Judge Shannon Bacon rules that an Albuquerque police officer’s fatal shooting of an Iraq War veteran in 2010 was unconstitutional as a matter of law.
  • March 1, 2013: Schultz unveils a new program in which live camera feeds are piped from more than 100 cameras around the city into a video command center at police headquarters to provide officers in the field with real-time information.
  • March 13, 2013: City Council President Dan Lewis tells the Journal in an interview that Albuquerque needs a new police chief.
  • March 15, 2013: The city announces Schultz’s plans to retire. In a letter released to the public, Schultz’s said he’d been planning to retire for months.
  • March 15, 2013: A jury awards more than $10 million in damages in a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Kenneth Ellis III, an Iraq war veteran who was shot once in the neck by an APD detective in 2010.

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