The investigations of these events are rather perfunctory and the limited information provided by the state of New Mexico reveals that their training of police officers totals 657 hours, a very small number to say the least. To put this in terms that people may understand a little better, that is half the amount of hours of training that a paramedic in New Mexico is required to undergo. In addition, there are no mandatory psychological evaluations of police officers during their training, before they are employed, or continuing throughout their career. We can think of no other professions that allow the taking of a life that do not require mandatory follow up or recertification.
We call upon all citizens interested in addressing these issues to join us in working towards reasonable training and evaluation of police officers in not only Albuquerque, New Mexico, but law enforcement organizations everywhere. to push for reasonable training and evaluation of the officers who are employed with the sole purpose of protecting American citizens. This is not a local problem; it is a national one. We do not seek to disparage the many thousands of officers who perform a very difficult task on a daily basis. We seek only to improve not only their performance but our own safety and that of our families.