This is the link to my Albuquerque Journal guest editorial published four years ago, December 12, 2012 , regarding APD. Just replace the name Ray Schultz with Gordon Eden and the editorial still holds true today because nothing has changed except things only have gotten worse with APD. I post this now because of a vulgar FACEBOOK comment was recently directed at me and my tenure as Chief Public Safety Officer where I said APD cops did far better before Berry took office.
Seven years ago, APD was fully staffed at 1,100 officers, APD was the best trained, best equipped, best paid in its history and sworn officers were consistently given raises more than the average city employee and given retention and incentive bonuses and sign on and education pay. Crime was down. Berry and his appointed Chief’s have destroyed one of the finest police departments in the country and it will take years to recover. But hey, were gonna have a shiny new ART bus down Central!

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.