I read an article on November 25 in the ABQ Journal about how APD officers
feel they are underpaid and how many are leaving for higher paying positions.
When crunching the numbers, the average APD officer makes $39,000
per year; translating to $750 per week; $150 per day and $15 per hour.
This is using a 10 hour shift and a 5 day work week.
In addition, they get to take home their vehicles; free medical and dental
and receive 70 percent retirement.
Does a seargeant in the US armed forces make this kind of money? I spoke
with a master seargeant in the US Air Force and he estimates his hourly
pay to be 80 cents. His retirement is about 50 percent.
Furthermore, military personnel are often deployed for years at a time to
foreign nations, where they are often resented and not wanted by the
locals. They do not get to go home after their shift in a government issued
vehicle. While they may get the medical and dental benefits, they are
truly underpaid for the jobs they are asked to carry out. Many families
of enlisted personnel qualify for some form of government assistance such
as food stamps.
The fundamental question is, do police truly make the streets safer? A study
done by the National Institute of Justice says that more cops do not
equal less crime. They use a report by the Federal Government
Accounting Office that says only 5 percent of the aggregate reduction in
crime could be attributed to an increase in cops on the streets.
Under the 1994 Crime Reduction Act, the goal was to increase the
number of cops on the street by 100,000. The actual increase was only
82,000 at the high end.
But, the study argues that even if 100,000 cops were added, that amounted
to less than 1 new cop per department in a nation of 300 million.
Furthermore, some agencies such as the Albuquerque Police Department
used the funds from Uncle Sam to purchase new cars and computers and
tried to argue that they were the equivalent of new cops.
Police are a reactive force. They cannot stop the crime from happening.
The most they can do is try and find the perpetrator and that is done not
by uniformed patrolmen but by guys who wear suits most of the time.
The main function of a uniformed police force in my view is to issue citations
and tickets; to rack up arrests and make quotas which in turn make money
for the municipality. After all, what crime prevention do they actually do?
Could they have stopped this weeks murder of Tak Yi and his wife? Could
they have prevented the January 1986 murder of Linda Lee Daniels? No!
They are a reactive force.
Most of the time I see cops, they are harassing young people just for being
out late on Saturday and laughing. This happened to me. I was with a friend
and my brother in a Hastings parking lot when a fat piece of shit APD cop
named George Wood rode over on his bicycle and started yelling at me
for laughing and gave my brother a hard time over an unsecured license plate.
Needless to say, this waste of flesh was never fired even though he was
rude and abusive for no reason.
Two years later, a jury awarded $120,000 to a man who sued for false arrest.
The cop involved, Tom Sholtis had been sued before and was NEVER fired.
He voluntarily left in 2005.
There lies a major problem. These people cost the city millions of dollars
in lawsuits and no one is ever FIRED! In private enterprise, people who
cost the company millions are usally fired and sued for restitution.
Yet, this never occurs with government because the government just passes
it on to the bottomless pit, the taxpayers.
I am of the opinion a uniformed police force should be abolished. Place
detectives under the District Attorney's office. As far as catching DWIs,
place that with the sheriff's department. I do not see the need for having
a sheriff's department AND a metropolitan police department that more
or less serve the same function. Consolidate the DWIs, domestic violence
and noise violations with the Sheriff's office and get rid of the Nazi Gestapo
wannabes called the APD. As far as a guy who wants a blowjob for $50,
why do I give a shit? It's his money and the prostitute's mouth. What do I care
what she (or he) opts to stick in it for cash. The same for pot. Why do
I care if someone wants to smoke a little weed in his home or office? He
ain't harming me.
Lastly, recall that in 1987 when the cops went on strike, crime in ABQ actually
went DOWN? Why? People armed themselves and took self defense
courses. After all, if the cop does not see it, it must not have happened.
So, people learned to rely on themselves.
My conclusion: Cops do not prevent crime; they simply react to events
around them and often end up doing more damage than good.