I graduated from the University of New Mexico in the late ’70s and moved back to Albuquerque in 1994. I have been an Albuquerque resident for over 20 years.
I feel that the Albuquerque Police Department does an excellent job of keeping our city safe for my family and myself.
The rules for interacting with APD are simple:
1) If an APD officer tells you to stop and stand still, you stop and stand still.
2) If the officer asks for your ID, you give them accurate and appropriate ID.
3) If you pull a weapon on an APD officer, expect the officer to make sure he or she goes home safely to his or her family that day.
The excellent men and women of the APD go out the door every day facing the very real possibility that they won’t be coming home at the end of their shift. Is your job like that?
They work for 20-plus years with their family worrying every day that they will never come home. Does your family have that worry when you go out the door?
I do not believe that the City Council members or the members of the Police Oversight Commission should sit in judgment of APD officers unless they have spent at least a full week with a street officer. They should work the hours, see the difficult situations and experience in real time the need for split-second decision-making that is the routine challenge for the day-to-day beat police officer.
Albuquerque is a great town and the APD is a very good police department.
Any large organization with over 1,000 employees will have the occasional “cowboy” who doesn’t follow the rules. Don’t castigate the entire force for the actions of the few. Also, what large, complex organization doesn’t need to review and revise its policies and procedures periodically? Give them some space and time to carry out these tasks.
After a lifetime of moving, first with a father who was a government employee and then as a member of the U.S. Navy for over 22 years, I chose Albuquerque for my family. It is a fantastic place to raise a family and retire.
I feel APD is an important part of our community, and my wife and I back them completely.