ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque police officer who recently retired after more than 25 years with the department has filed a lawsuit accusing the department of retaliating against him after he raised questions about Albuquerque police instructors’ certifications.
The lawsuit also raises questions about the validity of the certifications of Albuquerque police’s current defensive-tactics instructors and the hundred or so officers they have taught.
Former officer John Corvino on Thursday filed a complaint for damages for whistle-blower protection act violations against the department, Chief Gorden Eden and Lt. Michael Archibeque, and Joe Wolf, the former director of the police academy.
The lawsuit alleges that, in October 2013, Archibeque and Wolf used an uncertified instructor to teach about two dozen police officers “intermediate force” and “ground control” courses. After passing the courses, the police officers became certified instructors on those topics and are teaching Albuquerque police cadets, according to the suit.