Albuquerque needs all the N.M. State Police officers we can get and should be very appreciative of the communities that gave up their protection to make ours safer, albeit for just a short time.
Having read the Journal’s article (May 11) about the proposed initiatives as a former Traffic, SE and Foothills commander, I’m not impressed. The only positive initiative is the addition of the 50 state officers, and we all know this is a temporary fix. Extending the hours of the Triangle substation will have no direct impact on crime and may take officers off the street. More bike patrolmen to the area is only robbing Peter to pay Paul, which is an ill-advised process APD has undertaken for years. The Fire Marshall and other regulatory agencies are now being asked to step up and do the job they should have been doing all along. The use of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (does) not impact ongoing crime; it only relates one crime to another.
Most of these initiatives are meant to placate the public and hopefully alleviate some of the fear and concern it has resulting from our out-of-control crime.
Let me be very clear, there are several measures that must be undertaken to retake control from the criminal element … some of which, I’m fairly confident, will be met with resistance by certain segments of our society.
First, the officers must have the freedom to do constitutional proactive policing. Thanks in part to the (Department of Justice Court-Approved Settlement Agreement) monitor and an overly restrictive use-of-force policy, along with the unrealistic review process of their actions, the needed proactive work will not occur. We need to take the “fight” to the criminals.
Second, we need to press the “Broken Window” theory – basically enforce the law to the lowest level.
Third, we desperately need 1,450 to 1,500 officers to suppress and maintain a low level of crime.
Fourth, traffic stops need to be vastly increased; any cop worth his/her salt knows this action offers the opportunity to interact with the criminal, serve warrants, locate drugs and weapons and put the criminal on notice that the officers are very close by.
Fifth, most all of the current officers need to be trained on constitutional proactive policing.
These recommendations certainly are but a few things that must be done to rein in crime.
Don’t let the smoke and mirrors of the 50 state officers and proposed initiatives lull you into a sense of complacency.