Albuquerque Police Officers Association

Albuquerque Police Officers Association The Albuquerque Police Officers Association is a non-profit organization representing the men & women of the Albuquerque Police Department.

09/15/2020
Mark Ronchetti

This is just one of the reasons we endorsed Mark Ronchetti.

There is a disturbing trend in American politics over the last few months — violence and hatred directed at police officers across the country. Check out my latest video addressing this issue

09/11/2020
CBS 12 News

We will never forget. #neverforget

NEVER FORGET: This emotional video of the September 11th attacks including actual audio/video recordings reminds us of what we all experienced as a country. Do you remember where you were on 9/11?

Maybe our Mayor should be focused on our police department and the issues involving our command staff and the Chief, ins...
08/25/2020

Maybe our Mayor should be focused on our police department and the issues involving our command staff and the Chief, instead he’s worrying about other police departments halfway across the country. Why isn’t he addressing what’s happening with APD leadership in Albuquerque? Because it’s easier to tweet out support for things that have nothing to do with Abq than it is to work on our own issues. #DemandAnswers

Allies For First Responders
08/06/2020

Allies For First Responders

Working with a Task Force to do this!! #backtheblue #humanizethebadge 💙💙💙

As we’ve stated before it is ridiculous for the Mayor to argue about bringing Federal Agents here, but now there’s this....
08/03/2020
U.S. Attorney body slams Keller; basically calls him a liar

As we’ve stated before it is ridiculous for the Mayor to argue about bringing Federal Agents here, but now there’s this. There’s always another side to the story.

What do you do when the top federal law enforcement officer in the state calls you a liar and a hypocrite? If you're Mayor Tim Keller you keep your mouth shut

"Especially given the city’s rampant gun and drug crime, city leaders need to take the APD survey seriously – not dismis...
07/30/2020
OPINION | Editorial: APD survey shows officers need city to have their backs

"Especially given the city’s rampant gun and drug crime, city leaders need to take the APD survey seriously – not dismiss it out of hand as typical union grousing – and talk to officers about issues including where the city’s attorneys stand on qualified immunity as well as a zero tolerance for assaults on officers and their vehicles.

Simply put, they need to treat them like we want our officers to treat the public, with concern and respect."

OPINION | A recent survey of 433 Albuquerque Police Department officers shows 62% do not feel supported by Pol ...

Some City Councilors support us as officers, and we support them. Take a minute to take this survey for Councilor Bassan...
07/25/2020
City Councilor Brook Bassan: Police Department Survey

Some City Councilors support us as officers, and we support them. Take a minute to take this survey for Councilor Bassan.

What are your current thoughts on crime and our local police department in Albuquerque?

We think it’s pretty clear why officers don’t feel supported by City Council when President Pat Davis makes comments lik...
07/24/2020
Survey: APD officers are 'down in the dumps'

We think it’s pretty clear why officers don’t feel supported by City Council when President Pat Davis makes comments like this.

Union president says local leaders must reflect on the findings

Albuquerque Police Department
06/30/2020

Albuquerque Police Department

Congratulations to the APD Class #122! Today Chief Geier swore in Class #122. We welcome them to our APD law enforcement family! Congratulations, best of luck to all of you, and be safe.

We are so disappointed in our legislators today. We agree with reform efforts and in fact we believe that cameras are an...
06/23/2020
Special session ends after approval of police camera, pandemic aid bills

We are so disappointed in our legislators today. We agree with reform efforts and in fact we believe that cameras are an important part of modern day policing, but to pass legislation without talking or working with law enforcement is wrong. We deserve the right to have a voice and a seat at the table. Reform will never work without officers being involved. Pandering policy mandates are not the answer, they will be a disaster and you heard it here first.

SANTA FE — Lawmakers concluded a historic special session Monday by granting final approval to legislation requiring police officers to wear cameras and authorizing low-interest loans to help small businesses survive. The state House approved…

06/17/2020
cabq.granicus.com

We have been pretty hard on Councilor Gibson over the years, but we have to give her credit and share her support of Albuquerque Police officers and the reform process we have been working hard to implement. We appreciate you Councilor Gibson, thank you for being involved, informed and sharing your support for officers. @Diane Gibson Abq Check the time code 57 minutes in, we are having trouble with the video clip.
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We support the Mayor’s move to help lessen the burden on our officers while maintaining the importance of funding the po...
06/15/2020

We support the Mayor’s move to help lessen the burden on our officers while maintaining the importance of funding the police department and continuing our efforts to fully staff APD. This is a new and revolutionary approach and while putting this into practice may be a challenge we certainly support any efforts to focus on mental health and addiction issues in our community.

Mayor Tim Keller to Refocus Millions in Public Safety Resources with First-of-Its-Kind Civilian Response Department

Albuquerque Community Safety department will restructure thousands of calls on homelessness, addiction and mental health into the hands of trained professionals; keep officers focused on core police work and reform efforts.

In a groundbreaking first that puts our community at the forefront of a national conversation on public safety, Mayor Tim Keller announced today that he is creating a third department of first responders at the City of Albuquerque. Albuquerque Community Safety, a cabinet-level department, will serve alongside the Albuquerque Police Department and Albuquerque Fire Rescue to deliver a civilian-staffed, public health approach to safety. The new department is the culmination of two years of preliminary work to change the way Albuquerque handles public safety, and comes amid nationwide calls to move resources away from armed police response as a one-size-fits-all answer.

Albuquerque Community Safety (ACS) will include trained professionals such as social workers, housing and homelessness specialists, violence prevention and diversion program experts. The department will give 9-1-1 dispatch an option when a community safety response is more appropriate than a paramedic, fire-fighter, or armed police officer. The City will be working with community members, experts and City Councilors over the next two months to map out the details of the department, which will reallocate millions of dollars. These efforts will bolster expanded investments in violence intervention, diversion programs and treatment initiatives.

“While many cities are only now waking up to these issues, Albuquerque is well into its police reform process and we decided to tackle these tough questions head on when we took office. For years, we’ve heard the public calling for a better solution for de-escalation and more officers for community policing, and we have been listening. It’s time we stop asking officers to do everything, and time we get people the help they need instead of sending armed officers to knock on their door,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re creating a third branch of first responders – alongside our police and fire departments - to deliver a civilian public health approach to public safety. Through the Albuquerque Community Safety department, we’re creating an innovative model that reflects our city’s current situation. We want to send the right resource to the right call—especially where a social worker or trained professional can connect people with the services they need, instead of simply taking folks to jail or the hospital, which have been the only choices until now.”

Over the last two years, the City has been working to transform its approach to public safety. That process began with new leadership at the Police Department and embracing the process of DOJ reforms. The administration created a dedicated compliance department, reformed internal affairs investigations, overhauled department use of force policies, implemented cultural competency and ethical policing training, and launched violence intervention and diversion programs to keep young people out of the criminal justice system. The administration has also been focused on reducing gun violence, which is a key denominator in violent crime.

The City has been piloting the shift of some responses out of police and fire, including homeless encampment outreach and “down and out” calls. Mayor Keller also created the first Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Civil Rights and invested millions annually in youth programs and infrastructure in parts of town that have been historically underserved.

Chief Administrative Officer Sarita Nair said, “Our community and our officers agree that some calls are more appropriate for non-police personnel equipped with the right resources and expertise. We’ve had some early successes innovating with new types of responses, including the more than 15,000 “down and out” calls we moved out of the Police Department over a year ago. The Albuquerque Community Safety department will continue to focus our resources more efficiently and effectively and is a key part of our response to the public calls for change.”

In a planning process that will take place over the next several months, the City will gather input from experts and the public on how to bring together this new department with resources currently spread across several areas, including Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque Fire Rescue, Family and Community Services, and the Department of Municipal Development.

When it begins operations, Albuquerque Community Safety department will help the City focus police efforts and resources on fighting violent crime, and fire fighters and paramedics on fires and medical emergencies. That should lead to decreased response times, as 9-1-1 dispatchers will have another tool in their toolbox to send trained professionals to respond to calls on homelessness, addiction, mental health, and other issues that do not present an immediate threat to public safety.

The Albuquerque Community Safety department will also more efficiently connect those in need with service providers that address underlying issues including housing or treatment for addiction and behavioral health. Just as the Albuquerque Fire Rescue department currently does, responders from the new department will call for police assistance if there is a threat to their own safety or the safety of others.

Albuquerque Police Department Chief Mike Geier said, “This new department will make Albuquerque safer. We have seen success when officers partner with behavioral health clinicians and social workers to address complicated cases involving people in crisis or child neglect and abuse. My officers are sent to a wide range of calls that do not need or benefit from a police response, and that takes away from time they could be doing community policing. Civilian expertise can make all the difference in resolving problems without the threat of arrest. And limiting the need for police involvement helps to build trust with the community and allow officers to focus on reducing crime.”

Albuquerque Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dow said, “It’s important to look at the system as a whole to ensure the right resources are being sent to the right calls. Based on early results on down and out calls, we already know this can make AFR more efficient and effective, and I expect ACS to help focus resources even further.”

Michelle Melendez, Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion said, “The establishment of this new department acknowledges the mismatch between the social needs of people experiencing non-violent crises in our community and the existing infrastructure that attempts to respond to those needs. A social work response, rooted in social justice, gives us a much better chance of connecting people with the help they need and getting better outcomes for people of color without involving law enforcement.”

City Councilor Lan Sena said, “I appreciate the administration for shedding light on this idea that is good for Albuquerque in the face of national challenges. This is just the start of the process and as a Councilor, I am committed to helping bring this to life through the upcoming budget process. The unique challenges that our city face require a nuanced approach that extends beyond the political rhetoric that can often be divisive; however, the issues at hand are more important than what drives us apart. This idea allows us to bring in community to have the important discussion and listen to their lived experiences while taking action to make a difference. We look forward to working together on this fundamental shift to our approach to public safety.”

To support this new approach to community safety, the City has initiated conversations with educational institutions to build a pipeline to hire the trained professionals who are needed in exchange for education funding or student loan repayment.

If you believe that our police department should be funded fully, and allowed to keep doing the work of reform that we s...
06/13/2020

If you believe that our police department should be funded fully, and allowed to keep doing the work of reform that we started 6 years ago then contact your city councilors especially Pat Davis and the Mayor’s office and tell them so! Other voices will he heard, but will yours??

City Council President Pat Davis thinks you want the police defunded, if you DON'T, take this survey and support your po...
06/11/2020
City Councilor Pat Davis: Community Survey

City Council President Pat Davis thinks you want the police defunded, if you DON'T, take this survey and support your police officers and public safety. We don't have to defund police to put money into mental health and counseling and housing. Our last tax increase did both. Share your voice today!

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Don’t let the actions of a few, define the actions of all. NYPD officers responds to the backlash against police.
06/09/2020
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Don’t let the actions of a few, define the actions of all. NYPD officers responds to the backlash against police.

#NYPD PBA reacts to current events. - Part 3

APD is a model of police reform in this country, and our association has been on the front lines of the reform process, ...
06/09/2020
NM senators co-sponsor police reform bill

APD is a model of police reform in this country, and our association has been on the front lines of the reform process, working with the DOJ, community groups and the City to make sure officers voices are heard, and we will not stop advocating for officers.

Law enforcement experts say bill will cost millions

Vegas ❤️’s first responders!
06/08/2020
Wynn Las Vegas offers free one-night stay for first-responders

Vegas ❤️’s first responders!

Wynn Las Vegas is offering a complimentary one-night stay for people who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. A spokesperson for the resort said Monday the offer is available through the rest of June starting Monday, June 8. RELATED| Las Vegas casinos celebrate start of reopening am...

06/06/2020
Message to NM Governor from APOA

A message to our Governor from the officers of the APOA about reform in NM. We know reform, we are reforming and we are committed.

06/05/2020
APOA addresses 8cantwait.org

Heard of 8cantwait, want to understand where APD stands. Here’s the real scoop on APD and how our reform process deals with these topics. Please share with your friends, the facts are important. #8cantwait

Albuquerque Police Department
05/13/2020

Albuquerque Police Department

Please join us on National Law Enforcement Memorial Day!
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 12:00pm
The Albuquerque Police Department will be hosting a virtual memorial service on our page to honor our officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
In honor of the fallen. We will #NeverForget

Albuquerque Police Department
05/08/2020

Albuquerque Police Department

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
Meet Jose, this week his selfless actions lead him to contact police and help return $135,000 in cash that he found near an ATM. He is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Chief Geier and Mayor Tim Keller invited Jose to the Police Academy where he was recognized and honored for exhibiting the pillars of APD: Integrity, Fairness, Pride and Respect.
Jose was also awarded money for his actions of integrity by community partners.

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