APD recruiting forum hopes to draw from black community - Albuquerque Journal

APD recruiting forum hopes to draw from black community

The Albuquerque Police Department will be conducting a recruitment forum for young African American women and men in an attempt to increase the presence of black officers in the department.

The free forum will be held April 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the African-American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE, on the grounds of Expo New Mexico.

Harold Bailey, president of the Albuquerque branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said it’s important that APD has a diverse workforce “so when there are community policing initiatives, all communities, including the black community, are better represented and the officers are more effective.”

Part of the push includes getting more young African Americans involved in the Police Service Aide program, Bailey said. Young people age 18 and who have graduated high school or have a GED can apply.

“If we catch them early enough, we can get them thinking that a career as a police officer is a positive thing, and it would allow them to be part of the process and agents for positive change,” Bailey said.

There are 914 sworn officers on the Albuquerque Police Department, of whom 17 – or 1.9 percent of all sworn officers – identify as African American, said Deputy Chief of Staff Elizabeth Armijo, who will be one of the speakers at the forum. There are currently no African American women among those officers, she said, but the department “is working to increase our overall diversity of qualified applicants.”

The forum is cosponsored by the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, the University of New Mexico’s African-American Student Services, the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs, the city of Albuquerque and APD.

To register for the forum, call 908-0796, or go online to http://tinyurl.com/yxul97pl.

Home » News » Albuquerque News » APD recruiting forum hopes to draw from black community


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
New city commission to focus on domestic violence, sexual ...
ABQnews Seeker
In an effort to improve interventions, ... In an effort to improve interventions, services and public understanding, Albuquerque is launching the Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The city council ...
2
Volunteers needed for vital CASA program
ABQnews Seeker
Goal is 'to have 100% case ... Goal is 'to have 100% case coverage,' says executive director of CASA Partners 4NMKids
3
City council says yes to noise cameras
ABQnews Seeker
and listening — too. The city ... and listening — too. The city council on Monday approved a pilot program aimed at detecting loud vehicles through the use of special cameras. ...
4
116 Albuquerque students shop for new clothes
ABQnews Seeker
Nonprofit Locker505 provides clothing for more ... Nonprofit Locker505 provides clothing for more than 12,000 students through community donations
5
Council votes to strike safe outdoor space language from ...
ABQnews Seeker
The ongoing debate over safe outdoor ... The ongoing debate over safe outdoor spaces in Albuquerque continued Monday without any sign that either side is changing its mind. The City Council ...
6
Proposed anti-abortion law still tabled in Clovis
ABQnews Seeker
City's mayor breaks a tied vote ... City's mayor breaks a tied vote on the issue
7
Teammates helped NMSU basketball player after fatal shooting
ABQnews Seeker
Gun wasn’t turned over to police ... Gun wasn’t turned over to police for more than 12 hours
8
NM expands help with filling court forms
ABQnews Seeker
Court-scribe program helps people understand and ... Court-scribe program helps people understand and complete documents
9
Father earns life sentence in toddler's death
ABQnews Seeker
Defense attorney intends to appeal Defense attorney intends to appeal