Keller, a Democrat, is one of eight candidates on the mayoral ballot.
“This city is at war with the criminal element, and we are losing,” said police union President Shaun Willoughby. “It’s going to take strong leadership to pull us out of this … . The Albuquerque Police Department is under-resourced, it is overworked and it is losing the battle that we take on every day of fighting crime in this community.”
Willoughby said the union endorsed Keller because of his commitment to bring competitive wages to APD, fund equipment for the department, launch an aggressive recruiting effort, and because of his crime plan.