Police recruits in New Mexico’s key city are being rushed into service from the academy, following a mass exodus of experienced officers from an agency’s Emergency Response Team.
The Albuquerque Police Department is beginning to feel the sting of recent events and policies, as twenty officers of the APD’s ERT posted resignations.
According to KRQE, the mass quitting follows the April 11 protest at Civic Plaza, where hundreds of people “chanting against white supremacy” stormed the area in response to alleged “White Lives Matter” rallies that never truly came to fruition.
It is unknown if the aforementioned rallies were merely a set-up or some kind of prank, as such things have happened in the past.
APD Communications Director Gilbert Gallegos insists that the slots of those resigning are “not being filled,” despite the fact that fresh rookies are being sent into the unit.
“New (police) academy cadets are now going to be trained to serve on Emergency Response Team for their first year as sworn officers,” Gallegos said in an email. “Field units will be able to assist, if needed.”
The officers who resigned from the ERT unit are still reportedly working as police officers employed by Albuquerque Police.
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