ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Officers and emergency dispatchers in New Mexico's largest city are on high alert in the wake of the shootings in Dallas and have been warned by federal officials about continued threats against officers nationwide.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden and Mayor Richard Berry held a news conference Friday to provide more information about a directive issued to the city's officers in response to the killings of five Dallas officers and the wounding of seven others during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states.
Eden said the plan involves a buddy system. For the next few days, dispatchers will send two officers to all calls for service.
Eden and Berry pointed to problems across the country, including policing problems, saying Albuquerque has had its share but has been working hard to implement unprecedented changes as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over complaints of excessive force.
"We can make a lot of progress but we can only make progress if we work together," Berry said. "We'll never make progress if it's an us-against-them situation."