ABQ. CPA:Citizen's Police Academy (APD)

I am in my third week of the Albuquerque Police Departments' CPA program, the 35th CPA class offered. It is a 12 week course (classes meet twice a week with optional weekend field trips) of fairly amazing adventures offered for free to Albuquerque residents by the Albuquerque Police Department. I am wondering if any of you DCF readers have been a participant?

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Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 2, 2009 at 10:10am
The main url for the APD is APDonline.com. I will write more if there is interest.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 2, 2009 at 4:13pm
JUST-IN from Officer gerald Sandoval:"hey jeff there is a link if you are on the apd site under the community section lists the cpa"...I am having trouble finding that but HERE is a link to the City's CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY website page.

The Official City APD website may also be of interest .
Comment by Lee on July 2, 2009 at 4:50pm
I think this is an incredible idea Jeff.
I don't want to make sweeping generalizations but I don't think it is too far off the mark to say that there is more negative comments about APD than there are positive comments in the media and DCF is no exception. I personally really don't know if this is deserved or not. But my gut feeling and upbringing tells me that most police are probably good people with good motives trying to do a good thing.
I would love to hear details of your experience, good or bad, with this program.
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 5, 2009 at 12:19pm
It has been a very positive experience for me thus far. In the past, I have done ride-alongs with both police and fire departments (in Abq./Tacoma/Jacksonville) and worked in UNM's ER (before the tv show and when it was just called BCMC). There are always two sides in life, with both a full moon and a dark of the moon. Most prefer the full to the dark of course.Thank you for commenting. I will be retorting on 'what I did this summer' as time allows.
Comment by Debra Landau on July 9, 2009 at 5:57pm
My very few interactions with APD (as witness to accident and concerned citizen-type stuff) have all been positive. I wish I could say the same for the police in the northern New Mexican town in which my mother died by suicide. People in my suicide survivor group whose loved ones died in Albuquerque all had good things to say about APD's response to their tragedies.
Comment by Debra Landau on July 9, 2009 at 5:59pm
Also, have to give a shout-out to the dark of the moon, as it makes stargazing even more incredible than usual. And, of course, ERs are also busier during the full moon. What do your friends at APD say about full moon criminal activity?
Comment by Jeff Hartzer on July 10, 2009 at 8:21pm
Both Full and Dark of the moon are statistically higher for crime on all levels in 'burque (and probably everywhere else). Domestic abuse in particular. Ditto at the various ABQ ER's.

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