Upon listening to that Sylvester Stanley had been chosen to steer the Albuquerque Police Division because the superintendent of police reform, a number of colleagues shared a second of satisfaction and satisfaction, having recognized and labored with Stanley on different reform efforts previously. A person of integrity, we understood that Mayor Tim Keller and town of Albuquerque had made a powerful selection in advancing him for this place.
Within the time we’ve recognized Stanley, he has been a form however robust presence, all the time prepared to speak forthrightly in regards to the points. We imagine as a lifelong legislation enforcement officer, he’ll convey an skilled but in addition community-informed perspective to tackle reform at APD. His lifetime of expertise will make him a good arbiter of self-discipline when wanted. And Stanley’s dedication to reform is actual – it’s been a part of who he’s for a very long time and was a centerpiece of his marketing campaign when he ran for sheriff two years in the past – a race he narrowly misplaced. He promised again then to get the division up to the mark on physique cameras and the sheriff’s division into alignment with Division of Justice reforms – even with out the court-ordered course of.
From our vantage level, Stanley has earned respect the precise means – constructing relationships, listening to others’ issues, being trustworthy about what will be finished and endeavoring to make these issues occur with a way of equity and integrity – changing into considered one of solely three African Individuals to ever function a police chief in New Mexico, a job he’s held 4 instances. That document, his historical past and expertise, is one thing for us to be pleased with and signifies to us he’s not been afraid to be a trailblazer and break new floor. It’s the form of strategy that’s wanted to make progress at APD. Bringing the group and the division nearer collectively, holding folks accountable when mandatory, coaching new officers and growing persevering with schooling for present officers to fulfill communities the place we’re and companion with us to make issues higher.
It’s no secret APD has struggled, as Stanley stated in his press convention. Whereas many could be content material to relaxation on a lifetime of service to communities throughout New Mexico, Stanley has as soon as once more eschewed retirement and is stepping as much as the plate to maintain contributing in areas the place our metropolis actually wants somebody like him. He has seen Albuquerque wrestle with these points for years, but he nonetheless appears desperate to serve his group and pitch in to unravel some still-lingering huge issues.
On this new place, Stanley will have the ability to assist make change and maintain the division to excessive requirements that may make a distinction. Working side-by-side with the chief of police and our communities, we imagine the division has to make better progress on the massive jobs it has to do for our group: codifying and culturizing equitable reforms, thereby making our metropolis safer.
Everyone knows tradition change will not be light-weight work. With Sylvester Stanley, we imagine that Mayor Keller and town of Albuquerque have employed a heavyweight to get the job finished.