Survey gives Albuquerque police chief low marks

November 14, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Only 20 percent of Albuquerque officers approved of [auth] the job by the city’s police chief, and close to a fifth believe bringing in the U.S. Justice Department will improve the department.

Those were the findings from a survey of 450 officers — around half the department’s workforce — released Tuesday by the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.

Union president Greg Weber says the survey also showed that 99 percent of officers surveyed think morale is low.

Close to the same number believe “politics” has been the driving force behind the department’s recent policy changes amid a high number of officer-involved shootings since 2010.

Police Chief Ray Schultz has yet to receive a copy of the survey results. He says he would like to meet with the association to review the results before making any official comment.

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