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Politics: Officers buck union endorsement
Posted by buggs on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 (01:39:26) (7 reads)
3 say board ignored push for Winter instead of Chavez
By Erik Siemers
September 10, 2005
Some members of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association are fighting the union's endorsement of Mayor Martin Chavez, saying union leadership made the decision without their input.
"I think the board does not speak for the whole membership," Alfred Walck, a patrolman for 32 years said Friday. "They should have had a poll, an election to deal with what the membership felt."
The union held its candidate forum Thursday night and released its endorsement of Chavez on Friday.
Walck, Lt. Joseph Byers and Detective James Flores released their own statement late Friday, calling the union endorsement illegal and claiming the union's board issued the endorsement knowing that "the rank and file overwhelmingly support (City Council President) Brad Winter."
APOA president Pete Dwyer said the board acted properly and listened to the union members.
"Their input was considered, but the executive board followed the bylaws and voted to endorse Marty Chavez."
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apd: In the End, Time Ran Out for Slain Officers
Posted by buggs on Sunday, September 11, 2005 (20:12:59) (5 reads)
By T.J. Wilham
Journal Staff Writer
A matter of minutes.
That's how close Albuquerque police detectives were to connecting the dots on John Hyde when APD officers Richard Smith and Michael King were shot and killed.
Within minutes after the officers were slain while trying to pick Hyde up for a mental health evaluation, Hyde's name emerged as a strong suspect in the slaying of two employees at a motorcycle shop earlier in the day, according to Chief Ray Schultz.
Smith broadcast the call of "officers down" at 10:15 p.m. Police say that King was shot first and that Smith was shot when he went to protect his fallen partner.
Schultz said APD detectives started to make the connection between Hyde and the cycle shop killings at 10:18 p.m. He said the connection was "solidified" within the hour.
Hyde's identity as the suspected shooter at Rider Valley Motorcycles was close to being in the grasp of investigators earlier in the evening.
It just didn't emerge soon enough to alert Smith and King, two patrolmen who had come out of retirement to rejoin the force and who thought they were on a relatively routine assignment— not picking up someone who would soon be accused of killing two people hours earlier.
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Police Tales: Fallen Officer Honored: Chacon Gunned Down 25 Years Ago
Posted by buggs on Sunday, September 11, 2005 (20:03:38) (4 reads)
By Jeff Proctor
Journal Staff Writer
A long time, yes, but for Ted Chacon— whose older brother, Albuquerque Police officer Phil Chacon, was gunned down 25 years ago Saturday— it doesn't seem so long ago.
"To me, it's like yesterday," Ted Chacon said after fixing a wreath in remembrance of his brother to a light pole in a parking lot near the southeast corner of Wyoming and Central— the spot where Phil Chacon was killed. "I'm here honoring my brother's life, not his death."
On Sept. 10, 1980, Phil Chacon, who was off-duty, was visiting a battered women's shelter he helped start when he was told of an armed robbery in progress nearby. He rushed to the scene and was shot and killed by one of the thieves.
Three men were tried in connection with his slaying but were not convicted.
A police substation, a park, a transit-way and a school library all bear Phil Chacon's name.
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apd: Officers' deaths drive reality home for cadets
Posted by buggs on Saturday, September 10, 2005 (19:37:48) (11 reads)
By Maggie Shepard
September 9, 2005
Danger is mostly theoretical for Albuquerque police cadets studying all the ways to avoid and prevent it.
The shooting deaths of on-duty, veteran Officers Richard Smith and Michael King three weeks ago turned that theory into a reality.
Not one of the 25 cadets took the deaths as an omen, an excuse or reason to doubt their potentially deadly goal.
"Not even for a nanosecond," said Cadet Eric W. Smith, 39.
That was the same reaction Southeast area Capt. Beverly Sandoval had 18 years ago, when during her police academy graduation week, Officer John Carrillo was shot dead while on a domestic violence call.
"It was just really shocking. It left you with a real empty feeling," Sandoval said.
Sandoval, then 28, graduated in the 59th cadet class.
"It brought home what kind of job and career we had chosen," she said.
It also forged a bond between cadets, a bond that would have come otherwise, though not as quickly, she said.
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Politics: APD Union Backs Chávez
Posted by buggs on Saturday, September 10, 2005 (19:09:27) (9 reads)
By Dan McKay
Journal Staff Writer
The city police union endorsed Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez on Friday, sparking a bitter fight with those on the force who oppose the mayor's re-election.
In a brief statement, the union said its support for Chávez and several City Council candidates "was based on their commitment to important issues of public safety."
Chávez, in particular, won praise for supporting officers who want to take their weapons into Metropolitan Court and for supporting better retirement benefits.
The union's executive board voted to endorse Chávez after a union political committee questioned the candidates.
But three officers opposing the endorsement released their own statement Friday evening. They say the union leadership didn't follow the proper process for deciding to endorse Chávez and that most officers instead support City Councilor Brad Winter— one of three candidates challenging Chávez.
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Politics: Will police chief keep his job?
Posted by buggs on Monday, September 05, 2005 (00:48:26) (21 reads)
Candidates sing his praises but won't commit
By Erik Siemers
September 3, 2005
It's a job he once called "a dream come true."
It still is for Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz.
"I'm just so happy and honored to have the opportunity to come back and serve," Schultz said Friday.
But in a month, the city will elect a mayor who could have different ideas about who should hold the position.
All four mayoral candidates compliment Schultz; none would commit to keeping him at this point.
Schultz' tenuous job security is a fact of life under the "strong mayor" form of government in which the head of the executive branch chooses his or her administrators.
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Politics: Evacuees Headed To Albuquerque
Posted by buggs on Monday, September 05, 2005 (00:44:45) (1 reads)
Department of Public Safety spokesman Peter Olson says 97 Hurricane Katrina evacuees are on a flight headed to Albuquerque.
"We're scrambling how to figure out how to help them,'' he said.
Olson said the notice came in Sunday morning from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Right now, the department is trying to identify places that can accommodate the evacuees, Olson said, adding it should be a fairly easy task.
He said the plan is to find short-term housing for the evacuees then move them to a more permanent place.
There is a small chance the plane could be diverted at the last minute, he said. But as far as he knows, he said the evacuees are coming here.
Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas were all contacted as possible destinations for the evacuees, Olson said FEMA officials told him.
Then he said the agency asked him whether New Mexico could take the evacuees.
"We said, 'sure, send them,''' Olson said.
The state is expecting thousands of evacuees over the next couple of days or weeks, Olson said.
"We can only assume there will be lots and lots more people,'' Olson said. "They'll need to have a place to live.''
Mayor Martin Chavez said Saturday the city hopes to provide housing, medical care, job-hunting assistance and other social services for some 1,000 families displaced by the hurricane.
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apd: Records Say APD Officers Talked with Accused Cop Killer
Posted by buggs on Monday, September 05, 2005 (00:41:54) (11 reads)
A day after two police officers were fatally shot, Police Chief Ray Schultz called their deaths an ambush. Now, he's backing away from that scenario.
Dispatch records released by police Friday show Officers Richard Smith and Michael King arrived at accused killer John Hyde's house at 9:45 the night of Aug. 18.
A half hour later, at 10:15 p.m., Smith radioed that an officer was shot.
Schultz said the officers talked with Hyde during those 30 minutes and backed away from his previous description of the killings as an ambush.
"I can't go there yet,'' he said. "We still have some more witnesses we need to talk to. It was a conversation that went on for many, many minutes.''
Police are not saying what happened during the conversation.
But because officers routinely turn on a tape recorder carried on their belts when responding to calls, there is a record of their conversation with Hyde, police spokesman John Walsh said.
Police say releasing the tapes now could taint a jury and jeopardize Hyde's trial.
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Equipment: Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program Special Solicitation
Posted by buggs on Friday, September 02, 2005 (03:43:10) (8 reads)
Since 1999, over 11,500 jurisdictions have participated in the Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program. Through BVP, $118 million in federal funds have been committed to support the purchase of an estimated 450,000 vests for America's law enforcement community.
In November 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced a Body Armor Safety Initiative in response to the failure of a bullet-resistant vest worn by a police officer in Pennsylvania. NIJ was directed to initiate an examination of Zylon®-based bullet-resistant vests (both new and used) and to review the existing program by which bullet-resistant vests are tested to determine if the program needs modification.
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Equipment: NIJ Body Armor Safety Initiative Status Report Executive Summary
Posted by buggs on Friday, September 02, 2005 (02:29:36) (0 reads)
Third Status Report to the Attorney General on Body Armor Safety Initiative Testing and Activities
On November 17, 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the U.S. Department of Justice’s Body Armor Safety Initiative in response to concerns from the law enforcement community regarding the effectiveness of body armor in use. These concerns followed the failure of a relatively new Zylon®-based1 body armor vest worn by a Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, police officer.
The Attorney General directed the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to initiate an examination of Zylon®-based bullet-resistant armor (both new and used), to analyze upgrade kits provided by manufacturers to retrofit Zylon®-based bullet-resistant armors, and to review the existing program by which bullet-resistant armor is tested to determine if the process needs modification.
As part of the Body Armor Safety Initiative, NIJ has issued two status reports to the Attorney General containing results from the body armor studies.2 The first two status reports highlighted the following findings:
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