Created: 04/22/2014 10:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Along with Department of Justice reforms, the Albuquerque Police Department has another obstacle to tackle: getting fully staffed.
The department is more than 200 officers short of its stated goal of 1100. They expect 2000-3000 applicants to the APD Academy this year, but they want to make sure they’re getting the right people to reshape the department – and that means going at recruiting differently.
“We’re here to serve,” new Commander of Recruiting Kevin Rowe said. “That’s the bottom line. We’re here to serve the citizens of Albuquerque.”
A longtime officer and leader, Commander Kevin Rowe is APD’s new recruiting commander. He’ll spearhead the chief’s strategies for attracting new officers. He says he’ll focus on attracting officers who want to know their neighborhoods and work with the community.
“People who are respectful, people who are considerate, people who have a heart of helping, humanitarianism,” Rowe said.
Those plans are still in the works, but will include a Web site overhaul, nation-wide advertising and targeting police here in the community with a history of service.
“One thing I want to be certain, that everyone understands, we can't teach integrity and that's not our goal. We seek out quality individuals and then we can teach them how to become police officers,” Rowe said.
Commander Rowe and Chief Gorden Eden will present their plan for nation-wide recruiting in the weeks to come. Until then, you can get information on applying at www.apdonline.com.