Posted at: 12/27/2012 8:53 PM
Updated at: 12/27/2012 10:07 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz is now responding to the Albuquerque Police Officers Association survey released in November.
450 officers took part in the survey, out of the staff of more than 1,000. The survey revealed harsh numbers for the chief and the mayor of Albuquerque.
Schultz says the survey does not include nearly 120 pages of officers' comments. He says the APOA needs to release those because they could explain why officers responded the way they did.
"Many of these questions, there are 200 plus comments made on each one," Schultz said. "Those comments have yet to be released by the APOA, as well as meaningful discussion about the methodology as to how the survey was constructed and administered."
The APOA released the following statement responding to the chief Thursday: "Police Chief Schultz and Mayor Berry continue to ignore the voice of APD officers by choosing to discredit the APOA survey. The APOA hired a professional company to craft the questions and used Survey Monkey a well respected and highly utilized service to conduct the anonymous survey of its members. We stand by our results and will continue to protect the anonymity of the members who took the survey by not disclosing the 119 pages of comments provided by officers for fear of retaliation by the department. This survey was intended to give a voice to APD officers and draw attention to the issues within the department that face officers everyday, like the shortage of manpower, leadership issues and the lack of morale. It's a shame that the Police Chief is making desperate attempts to discredit the opinions of the officers who call into question his leadership skills instead of addressing the serious issues that officers have brought to his and the public's attention."
Schultz said if they survey was anonymous, then they should release the comments without compromising the anonymity of the staff who took the survey.