ABQ Journal Dinelli Guest Opinion Column: “Survey Says Public Has Lost Confidence In APD”; Mayor Tim Keller Should Be Denied A Third Term

On Sunday, May 12, the Albuquerque Journal published the following guest opinion column written by Pete Dinelli entitled “Survey says: Public has lost confidence in APD”:

On April 16, the results of the annual city of Albuquerque Citizen Perception Survey were released. The survey is done to determine residents’ satisfaction with city services and issues. The poll of 400 adults was taken Feb. 26-28, with a margin of error of +/- 4.9% points. The results of the survey are as follows:


Financial security deals with “quality of life.” Fifty percent of city residents feel their personal financial situation has largely stayed the same over the last six months. Thirty-seven percent report that their personal financial situation has gotten worse over the last six months, while just 12% feel their financial situation has gotten better. 


Sixty-nine percent of city residents report feeling safe outside in their neighborhoods. Eighty-one percent of city residents say that speeding and reckless driving affects their feelings of safety. Illegal drug use is the second most significant contributor to residents not feeling safe. It edges out speeding and reckless driving in intensity with a whopping 77% of residents saying very much or somewhat.


Sixty-one percent “disagree” and 35% “agree” that “the Albuquerque City Government is responsive to our community needs.”


Twenty-three percent of residents feel panhandling impacts them and their family the most, while 17% feel homeless encampments impacts the most for a combined total of 40% for the two issues. Homeless numbers have spiked dramatically despite the Keller administration spending over $100 million the last two years on assistance and shelter to the homeless.


Sixty-three percent of city residents report feeling concerned about the direction of the city with only 31% say they are hopeful about the direction of the city.


Sixty percent of city residents “disagree” and 35% “agree” that the APD is doing a good job addressing property crime. Fifty-six percent of city residents “disagree” and 39% “agree” that APD is doing a good job addressing violent crime.

Fifty-one percent of city residents “disagree” that “the Albuquerque Police Department is ready to transition away from oversight by the federal government and operate on its own” while only 39% “agree.”

APD’s budget is $271.5 million and is the largest department budget, representing upwards of 33% of the city’s $845.9 million general fund budget. The survey reflects the public has lost confidence in APD and is dissatisfied with how APD is dealing with property crime and violent crime with the resources it has.

The ongoing FBI investigation of the entire DWI unit of APD for bribery and conspiracy and dismissal of hundreds of DWI cases has destroyed APD’s reputation. APD’s finding that Chief Harold Medina’s car crash critically injuring another was “non-preventable” reflects APD is unable to police itself.

It has been reported APD ranks No. 1 in civilian killings out of the 50 largest city police departments in the country.

The city’s annual budget is $1.2 billion and it employs over 7,000 full-time employees, yet residents do not believe city government is responsive to their needs.

It’s alarming that 63% of city residents say they are concerned over the direction the city is going and 61% disagreeing city government is responsive to community needs. These ratings reflect the general public believes Mayor Tim Keller and the City Council are failures managing city resources.

The Citizens Satisfaction Survey is a reflection of Mayor Keller’s poor job performance as he prepares to run for a third term. Voters want results when it comes to APD and the direction the city is going.

After seven years in office, Mayor Keller and his APD management team have failed. Mayor Tim Keller should be denied another term.

Pete Dinelli is a former Albuquerque city councilor, former chief public safety officer and former chief deputy district attorney. You can read his daily news and commentary blog at www.PeteDinelli.com.

The link to the  related blog article is here:

City “Citizens Satisfaction Survey” Gut Punch To Mayor Tim Keller As He Plans to Seek 3rd Term; 63% Concerned Over Direction City Is Going; 61% Disagree City Government Is Responsive To Community Needs; 60% Disagree APD Doing Good Job Addressing Property Crime; 56% Disagree APD Doing Good Job Addressing Violent Crime

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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.