APD Union Wants More Recruits

THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE IS WORKING HARD TO KEEP UP WITH CRIME AND GET OFFENDERS OFF THE STREETS. BUT MEMBERS OF THE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, THE APD UNION, SAY THEY’D PREFER THE CITY RECRUIT MORE OFFICERS. SHAUN WILLOUGHBY IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNION AND SAYS THEY NEED LESS PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MORE ACTUAL POLICE WORK ON THE STREETS.

HE SAYS THE NEW METRO 15 OPERATION IS A GOOD IDEA BUT BASICALLY REBRANDS WHAT APD HAS BEEN DOING ALL ALONG. THE METRO 15 OPERATION WAS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY BY APD AND MAYOR KELLER. KELLER ALSO RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THE VIOLENCE INTERRUPTION PLAN THAT’LL TRY TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MURDERS AND SHOOTING IN ALBUQUERQUE.

DESPITE THOSE EFFORTS, WILLOUGHBY SAYS APD SORELY NEEDS NEW RECRUITS. HE ALSO WANTS A STAFFING STUDY DONE IN-DEPTH TO ENSURE OFFICERS ARE WORKING IN THE RIGHT DEPARTMENTS. HE CALLS ALBUQUERQUE’S RECRUITING EFFORTS A “WORK IN PROGRESS.”

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