Posted September 14, 2018 09:50:53If you’re stuck in traffic on a busy freeway, you may need to call 911.
But not when you’re in the middle of a traffic jam.
That’s the plan of an Albuquerque police officer who has just completed an 18-month assignment that has involved making a series of calls about car breaks.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Officer Jose Rodriguez said he’s been doing his part to save lives and improve public safety, but he’s also been called upon to make a few calls on a daily basis.
In fact, he’s made nearly 2,000 911 calls, including when a car broke down, a traffic accident or a home fire.
The newspaper reported that the calls have included a car crash in which a driver lost control of her car, a minor traffic accident, and a home invasion.
Rodriguez said that when he first arrived on the scene, he was amazed at how much he could save lives by calling 911.
“I thought, wow, I’m going to get some help out of this,” he said.
He has also made many other calls to 911 that saved lives.
The Albuquerque Police Department’s traffic department has been dealing with the crisis in Albuquerque since December of last year.
The city has struggled to find a way to deal with a surge in car crashes, and the police department has seen an uptick in calls since September 2018.
As the city grapples with the influx of people trying to get to work, the Albuquerque Police Officer’s Association has been pressing for a change in how the department handles the emergency call backlog.
Last month, the association announced it would be holding a meeting in the city to discuss ways to improve the response to emergency calls.
The department says it will have a meeting with the union to discuss the matter and what can be done to improve its response to calls, but the union has been outspoken in its opposition to the police officers’ plan.
“We’re not going to sit around and wait for someone else to fix this,” said John Ruelas, the executive director of the Albuquerque Traffic Association.
Ruelas said he is concerned that Albuquerque police officers are not trained on the new protocols that are being implemented.
“There’s a lot of time, a lot more time, for people to go out and talk about these issues, but that’s not happening,” Ruela said.
The union says that while the department has put in place new protocols, it still hasn’t provided a training program to officers.
“When you have a person in the police academy and he’s got the training and he knows what he’s doing, he should be able to go up and ask for help,” Raulas said.
Rielas said the department should have some sort of “safety net” to cover officers who have been called on to respond to emergency callings.
The officer’s union also is seeking a change to how the officers are paid.
The union says the city has yet to make any changes to the way the department is compensated.