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Comment by RunLikeADog on April 4, 2014 at 7:34am
I for one am glad to see the support for APD. Are they perfect? Nope. Do they need a major overhaul? Yep. But the fact is the men and women of APD put their lives on the line every day to serve and protect and they need our support.
Comment by shotsie on April 4, 2014 at 8:44am

The state should invest wisely (as in, learn from other mistakes..)

(BTW, China and LG are negotiating to build an enormous plant in China....)

Look, Tesla has only sold 20k vehicles - all high end, but they somehow think their un-released low $30k's vehicle will sell - what?  100K?  Do you see a Nissan Leaf at every corner?  Nissan has sold/leased 40k Leafs.  Same also for the Chevy Volt.  Is the market demand worth the enormous plant that Elam wants to build, or is this showmanship?  Show up on 60 Minutes and give a test drive to one of the reporters, who then gushes about how his vision is just sooo great!  Think big and get the winning state to provide most of the financing and risk....   (And who has a big reserve of cash - why that would be NM....) 

Oh yeah - firing the APD officer is a great morale booster - this officer visited the home - where's his mistake?  He needed to be reprimanded, but trained afterward to look for signs of abuse.  He's just a sacrificial lamb for the mistakes of various public depts whose budgets were cut.

Comment by once banned twice shy on April 4, 2014 at 10:56am

Shotsie, the batteries made in the Tesla factory could be for uses other than the electric cars--for example, sold to people who have solar power.  So even if Tesla motors goes nowhere, the battery plant wouldn't be rendered useless.  However, I agree with the caution to not give the farm away to entice Tesla.

I am really, really unhappy that enforcement of traffic laws has gotten short shrift.  People are freaking dangerous behind the wheel and it seems that the city is just willing to accept that more people will get maimed or killed in traffic accidents.  I think it just enhances the idea that we live in a lawless city--sort of a broken window effect for the roads. 

Comment by Phil_0 on April 4, 2014 at 11:33am

I think the traffic-stop number is yet another symptom of APD's fundamental points to a lack of discipline and a disinterest in the mundane day-to-day parts of policing that should be at the core of what a police department does...meanwhile, a "showdown" with a disturbed, lightly armed man in the foothills draws 6-8 cops, armed to the teeth. Just reinforces my perception that these guys would rather play cowboy than do the hard work necessary to maintain law and order.

Comment by once banned twice shy on April 4, 2014 at 2:39pm

Well, Phil_0, I'll go partially there with you--yes, it seems as though everyone on duty is always at the scene of a shooting or car chase or something "big," but APD really does suffer from staffing shortages.  So the commanders have to triage a make a choice where to concentrate staffing.  Traffic enforcement is perceived as less important in the big picture.  But I will point out that I have rarely, if ever, seen a cop obey the speed limit on any surface streets.  I used to call it in and was always told that the speeding cop was "on a call."  Which was likely a lie 90% of the time.  They just don't care.  Because there are no consequences.

Comment by AM on April 6, 2014 at 3:34pm

It seems when there's an accident (even a tiny fender bender) there are at least a dozen police cars on the scene, but no one directing traffic

Comment by Phil_0 on April 6, 2014 at 9:24pm

Yup, AM, that's certainly my experience. And shortages and "triage" aside, there always seem to be three or four officers available to "deal with" drunk guys at bus stations...and hang out chatting afterward.

Comment by Izquierdo on April 7, 2014 at 9:10am

A Facebook page and demonstrations by police seem like poor PR choices to me. A FB page makes the police vulnerable to massive verbal attacks. As far as demonstrations, everyone understands that the police and police fraternities can put together a huge number of individuals for a rally in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, there is no formal organization among anti-police protesters, and the public will recognize there is a genuine grassroots effort on the part of protesters. Another problem for the police is the potential for a confrontation between the police and anti-police factions, which could result in further carnage and bad publicity for law enforcement. It's best for the police not to get baited into further incidents. There is already enough video in the national news to put Albuquerque and New Mexico into being viewed as a third world state, which would dry up businesses coming in and tourism.


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