Here we are, the taxpayers of this city and the mayor's employer, experiencing exponential growth in crime and violence in the city, and Terri Cole, CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, has awarded this mayor an "Excellence in Public Safety" trophy! Has this CEO lost her mind?
BY MARIE LUDI, ALBUQUERQUE RESIDENT
I am speechless, flabbergasted and absolutely disgusted all at once, if a person can be all that at one time. Here we are, the taxpayers of this city and the mayor’s employer, experiencing exponential growth in crime and violence, and Terri Cole, CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, has awarded this mayor an “Excellence in Public Safety” trophy! Has this CEO lost her mind?
It’s common knowledge that APD has so few officers patrolling our streets that we’re becoming not only a stolen car haven, but other criminal activity is climbing up as we speak. I am, most assuredly, not criticizing those few officers in the field — they are running as fast as they can, call to call, trying to stem this tide of criminal activity as best they can.
But the best our mayor and Cole can do to increase the numbers of the rank and file in this city is harp continuously about the failure of the “return to work” proposal that has been put before the Legislature for the past three years. Enough already! Where’s this “excellence” that Cole is speaking to?
I applaud Lavu and the Innovation District for yelling loud enough to get some attention; however, where are these “extra” police officers coming from to help stem this tide of vagrancy, harassment and theft? I bet you they’re taking officers from the already strapped and undermanned area commands so that the Innovation District, Mayor Richard Berry’s pet project, can be safe and secure.
Those out in the expanses of the city have been yelling for years, but obviously our influence and needs are not as relevant as the Innovation District. I wish this Innovation District luck, but having said that, chasing those vagrants and homeless into my neighborhood is not the answer.
More police officers on the streets so that the existing problems can be taken care of, for all of Albuquerque citizens, is the solution. Like I said, where is the “excellence” in chasing one problem into another area?
Only in Albuquerque.