ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque's police union claims officers are down in the dumps when it comes to morale, and now they have a survey to back up that opinion.
A little more than 99 percent of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association's 456 members who took the survey report APD morale is low, according to results released Tuesday afternoon.
More than 98 percent claimed the Albuquerque Police Department does not have enough officers to meet the needs of the public.
Almost 80 percent disapprove of APD Chief Ray Schultz, and more than 94 percent disapprove of Mayor Richard J. Berry's leadership in relates to APD.
"We're hoping that this is a good starting point for us to be able to address our members' concerns, work with city leaders, work with APD leaders and try to move forward from here to address the issues," Sgt. Greg Weber, APOA president, said.
Around 90 percent of officers surveyed claimed hiring more officers and honoring pay raises are the best ways to improve APD.
The mayor's office declined to comment on the survey.
The chief's office issued a statement saying the chief would first like to meet with union leadership to discuss the survey and the findings before making an official comment.
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