Dennis Maez's plan, included below, calls for short- and long-term solutions to fixing APD's employment crisis.
Dennis Maez is basically begging Albuquerque’s eight mayoral candidates to steal his crime-fighting plan.
The retired U.S. Secret Service agent and former Albuquerque police officer said he’s fed up with the lack of public safety plans by most of the candidates and said they have to act now, what with crime being out of control in the city. And the city’s voters deserve detailed plans, Maez said.
“Please, candidates, steal it. Please come up with a plan [of your own] and let us know what it is,” Maez, who retired from the Secret Service in 2004 as the Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Office, told ABQ Free Press. “We are in a drastic situation and drastic situations require drastic solutions.”
Maez offered his detailed plan after reading an ABQ Free Press story about how one mayoral candidate, Michelle Garcia Holmes, said she had an anti-crime plan but was afraid to release it because she feared other candidates would steal it. The story also looked at the mostly vague anti-crime plans of the eight candidates.
Maez’s plan, which we’ve included below, calls for short- and long-term solutions to fixing APD’s employment crisis. He would reorganize the department’s bureaus and replace the command staff with lieutenants and captains “that are proven to be motivated and embrace change and new direction.”
The current command staff, Maez’s plan said, “is part of the problem and not the solution moving forward.”
Maez’s plan also calls for hiring officers from other departments, and having detectives and other officers who aren’t assigned to the Field Services Unit, get into uniform at least once a week to work with uniformed officers and take calls for service.
“Currently there are not sufficient officers on the streets to be proactive,” Maez’s plan said. “Although follow-up investigations conducted by detectives, and administrative duties, training duties, etc. are very important nothing is more important that responding to 911 calls. When overall staffing increases these requirements can be slowly eliminated.”
Maez, the owner of Maez Security Consultants, said voters deserve detailed plans of how the candidates will combat crime.
“Candidates keep saying they are going to hire more police officers and fire Chief [Gorden] Eden, and those are great in the macro sense. But what are you going to do tomorrow?” Maez said. “Whoever wants to be mayor should be confident enough in their leadership ability to pick up parts of everybody’s plans. The voters need to be educated about what the candidates say they will do.”
Maez added: “One of the basic things in law enforcement is who, what, when, where and how? Who is going to implement a crime plan, when is it going to be implemented, how is it going to be implemented and where are you going to implement it?”
And Maez urged the candidates to stop listening to political consultants and truly speak their minds.
“They need to quit being politically correct and they need to stop listening to consultants,” Maez said. “The citizens are hungry for this. That’s how Donald Trump got elected president. He was straight-forward.
“People want to know what you are going to do.”
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