The Metropolis of Albuquerque is responding to the Albuquerque Police Union’s Crime Issues Extra marketing campaign

“If you interpret this sign, it can be misleading because it leads some to believe others believe that we are not focused on fighting crime but are more concerned with meeting the requirements of the Justice Department Reform Act absolutely not true,” said David Walker, a community liaison with the city of Albuquerque.

Individuals who chose to participate in APOA’s Crime Matters More campaign received a response from the city detailing crime-fighting efforts such as the Metro 15 list and violence intervention programs. It also collapses the reform process of the DOJ.

“Our attitude is – crime is not neglected. We do both at the same time, ”said Walker. “Reforms are not the cause of crime. Reforms are designed to reassure the citizens of Albuquerque and the surrounding area that their constitutional rights will not be violated.”

The City of Albuquerque’s response partially ends: “You can have both, and if APOA accepts these changes, we will all achieve those goals sooner.”

“This is money that the union could use to improve relationships with the officials who are part of their union, rather than spending it on a sign that is completely unfair and false,” added Walker.

However, the APOA does not see it that way.

“I find it ridiculous to say that APOA points a finger at APOA because it blocks reforms or does not reform,” said Willoughby.

The APOA said the city’s response was insufficient and they would continue their campaign.

“I could probably have written it myself if you’d asked me to,” said Willoughby. “You owe the community a better answer. You have to have a plan. “

Ultimately, the disagreement seems to be between the APOA and the city. Can the police fight the crime and focus on reforming the DOJ? City officials said yes.

“It doesn’t interfere with the fight against crime,” said Walker.

Willoughby said there must be evidence that this is not the case.

“Prove it. That’s it,” he said.

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