APD troubles also affects officers' families

Updated: 04/12/2014 5:06 PM | Created: 04/11/2014 10:12 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It's a tough time to be an Albuquerque Police Officer.  But that stress is also affecting the families of those officers.

Danielle Todesco spoke with a woman who not only used to work for APD, but still has a husband who patrols the streets as an APD officer.

Down Easy Street in Albuquerque, you'll find the Gallegos family.  But for these life long members of law enforcement, life is anything but easy.

"It's a challenge every day.  If he's not home by 10:30, I'm like okay, where's he at and what's he doing," Marcia Gallegos said.

Now to add to that worry, Marcia Gallegos and her husband Toby have to deal with the bad label on the department.

"Lately he has told me there's been several times when he's driving down the street or something and people will yell at him or cuss at him or say things to him," Marcia said.

But Marcia says every day, her husband puts on his badge and they're both proud of APD.  That is evident by just a glance at their home.  Besides their love of dogs, they love law enforcement.  Marcia was with the department for 25 years.  Her husband is on his second stint with APD, now patrolling the streets.   

"You do worry if you ever get that knock on your door or that phone call," she said.  But she tries not to think about that.  

Though, she admits hearing the Department of Justice announcement Thursday, she fears her officer may be hesitant to do his job.  Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels addressed that Thursday.

"We don't intend our findings today to mean that you must needlessly risk your lives or your safety," Samuels said.  "You must come home safely to your family and your loved ones."    

"I know things right now are difficult.  They have to get better.  I just can't see them getting worse," Marcia said.

Marcia said her husband will likely be with APD for another few years.  She is also really active with the National Police Memorial and the Fraternal Order of Police.

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