The Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board (CPOAB) is deeply shocked and saddened by the rash of violence in our community, particularly the shooting of multiple APD Officers and the deadly shooting at Washington Middle School. Our community deserves to be safe. Police officers deserve to be safe. Violence is not the answer to the problems in our community, but too often violence is the result. Our police officers work tirelessly every day to protect and serve this community. The Board supports the department and its officers and efforts to bring the perpetrators of these heinous and violent crimes to justice. Our thoughts are with the families of the officers and victims of these violent crimes. We call on all the citizens of Albuquerque, elected officials, faith leaders, businesses, and community organizations to work together to treat the root causes of violent crime in our city. While the role of the CPOAB is and remains to conduct impartial oversight of APD, we have a responsibility to speak-out against this violence and offer our support to the many hard-working and honorable officers of APD.