Chief Gordon Eden is an embarrassment and refuses to take any responsibility for the staffing levels and unit assignments of his department.
As this report shows, he prefers to blame repeat offenders, the Courts and even the legislature.
Eden claims that it is repeat offenders that are the primary reason for the severe spike in auto thefts and that APD staffing levels have nothing to do with it.
Yet the Alexander Weiss personnel staffing report for the Department of Justice released over a year ago said that APD staffing indeed is a big part of the problem.
What is shocking is that last year, Albuquerque had 8,000 auto thefts or 22 vehicles stolen a DAY or one vehicle stolen almost every hour.
Eden has assigned only 6 detectives, down by at least half, to the Auto Theft Unit doing investigations which translates into active caseloads of 1,333 cases a year.
Eden has had over 3 years to get APD staffing levels up to the 1,000 level and he has been a miserable failure.
One thing Eden has not failed to do is to make sure he is the second highest paid city official at city hall being paid over $166,000 a year.
Nice work Gordo for a political operative who has no prior management experience of a municipal police department.