The recent revelations about the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault nationwide have not gone unnoticed here in New Mexico. We’re not immune from the kinds of predatory behavior that have been the undoing of so many men around the nation already.
The City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Sheriff have cancelled the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremony, leaving many families and community members upset that they received little or no notice and will miss the opportunity to honor their loved ones who died in service and those who serve honorably today.
Here’s how it happened:
More than a week ago, BCSO staff began announcing the program with “Save the Date” emails. Here’s the text of one we obtained:
From: Josette J. Rey
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:04 AM
Subject: Law Enforcement Memorial
… this year the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department is working in conjunction with the Albuquerque Police Department to hold the Law Enforcement Memorial. This year’s event will take place on May 14th from 12 to 1….
Josette Rey | Training Assistant
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department
The Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association even included the City of Albuquerque’s announcement in a recent member communication about events happening all month:
After checking the city’s website and finding that the event no longer appeared on Civic Plaza’s calendar, we reached out to the Mayor’s Office and Bernalillo County Sheriff.