Albuquerque voters still confident in APD

Posted at: 05/20/2013 7:51 PM
Updated at: 05/20/2013 7:54 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two thirds of Albuquerque voters report they have some degree of confidence in the Albuquerque Police Department. 

Below are the results of a survey conducted by Survey USA, a research company:

·         Total confidence                21%

·         Somewhat confident         42%

·         Not very confident             24%

·         No confidence                    12%

For a breakdown of the numbers, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

APD is under the scrutiny of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation and has had a high number of officer-involved shootings in recent years. The department has also been accused of police brutality several times.  

KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke with the Albuquerque mayoral candidates about the issue.

"It's just humbling to know that people support the administration overwhelmingly. They see that we're working hard on their behalf," mayoral candidate and incumbent Richard Berry said. 

Berry’s challengers attack the mayor for a loss of confidence in APD.

"He allowed the chief to take the department being ranked in the top 10 in the United States by the FBI, to be faced by a take over by the Justice Department," candidate Paul Heh said. 

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating APD for a pattern of civil rights violations, but the agency has never threatened or offered to “take over APD” as Heh claims. 

"During my announcement I talked about the economy and the failed Berry Administration as far as crime and the Albuquerque Police Department goes," candidate Pete Dinelli said. 

The polling reveals the city quadrant with the most confidence in APD was the Southeast.  The Southwest quadrant showed the least amount of confidence.

APD Chief Ray Schultz issued this written statement:

“The men and women of APD remain committed to providing the best law enforcement services possible to the citizens of Albuquerque. We will continue to utilize the latest in technology and analytics to target known criminals. The work in the SE heights using problem solving models continues to set the standard for the rest of the city   There will be more strategic targeted responses coming in the next few weeks as we enter the summer months citywide.”