Our View: New chief should move with caution

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:15 pm

There’s a new police chief for Santa Fe — one who has been vetted by a citizens committee and is being welcomed with open arms by the city’s cantankerous police union.

Eric Garcia, who came from the city of Española as public safety director, has a varied background, with experience in the New Mexico State Police and the U.S. Air Force. He has served as a public information officer, and on a governor’s security detail and he has special expertise in emergency response and innovative training methods.

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  • Julian R. Grace posted at 7:10 am on Tue, Jun 10, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 108

    I think criticism of other postings goes with the territory. That said (emphasis added) I would rather see our media pay attention and inform the public than take for granted our city servants will just do their jobs and behave.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:46 am on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    So you don't want the New Mexican to publish their opinion, and you don't want me to post my opinion, but you want to be able to post your opinions without contradiction? How very open of you.

  • Chris Mechels posted at 6:00 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 64

    This piece is welcome, but doesn't go nearly far enough. I hope it is followed by some in depth research and more specifics.

    For instance "They want officers who have the best training" so we don't turn into ABQ. Today the APD training is much better than SFPD, much better. The recently graduated 18 "cadets" of SFPD have what appears to be the worst training in the state. They need to be "re-trained" immediately.

    This is due to a recent change to the Law Enforcement Academy curriculum, put in place by Director Jack Jones with no public input. It cut back on patrolling and community policing and introduced more "Warrior" training for the cadets. The SFPD management apparently didn't notice or object. This is serious, this training is dangerous.

    The best current police training in New Mexico would be Las Cruces. We need to send our officers there for training and retraining. The LEA training has become absurd and overly violent, due to Jones. The only "advantage" to the LEA training is that it is FREE. Our tax dollars pay for this FREE training, and we have no voice in the content.

    So, we have major problems with SFPD. They are poorly trained, too violent, the use illegal policies.

    We need more reporting on these problems, not less.

    And, a DOJ investigation would be helpful.

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 5:22 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    I don't so![thumbdown]

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 5:21 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    Mr. Mark Ordonez and Mr. Pierce Knolls, who are you? Where have we met or had some conversation of the past or future? Do you know me from somewhere or what? I don't think so. Said that, why are you both posting negative comments about someone you don't know on a personal or professional level? Why not just leave it alone and let individuals posts freely without sarcasm and personal attacks.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 11:14 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    Pay no attention to the jack-booted thugs behind the curtain...

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:42 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 657

    Francisco is one of those sheeply types that feels that those with badges and guns should be free do what ever they want without any sort of criticism.
    That copy of Mein Kampf on his bed stand seems to be crushing his ability to think for himself.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:37 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    "Otherwise, it would appear that city leaders work for the police union, rather than citizens." - The fact that the unions basically bought Javier Gonzales his seat in the mayor's office already gives the situation that appearance, letting the police unions run the department under a puppet chief will only further confirm that.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 9:33 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1670

    The single most important function of a free press is to act as a government watchdog for the taxpaying public. Reporting on (and opining on) the goings on within the police department is exactly the business any local newspaper is in, and is entirely appropriate. Taxpayers should be wary when the police and their lapdogs start to call for muzzling newpapers.

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:31 am on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    What kind of journalism is this one? What the Santa Fe New Mexican should be advocating for is to stopping the micromanagement of the police department via the media anti-union bashing and negative media perception about our local police officer's functions. And yes, the former police chief contributions to keeping our city safe was good and positive, but don't forget the negative micromanagement of the city hall that created this separation and division between the police officer's and the police chief. I think the Santa Fe New Mexican should stay out of the operational and daily function matters of the police department and mind their own business. [yawn]


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