ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayor Richard Berry’s administration defended the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday, a day after the City Council president and another councilor said the city needs a new police chief.
Mayoral spokeswoman Dayna Gardner released a written statement but didn’t mention Chief Ray Schultz by name.
“We respect the right of everyone to have their opinion, including City Councilors,” she said. “In light of the fact that FBI crime statistics have reached 20 year lows during this administration coupled with the fact that APD just finished their second full year with less than average officer involved shootings speaks to a department that has made adjustments and progress.”
Gardner added that because “this is a complex issue and there are still challenges and work to be done, Mayor Berry will continue to analyze the situation on an ongoing basis as he has always done.”