The Albuquerque Police Officers Association says officers are working with the city to try to prevent shootings by training new officers in self-defense, and they’re not happy with the changes.
The new officers have been trained to recognize signs of physical aggression, to have a heightened awareness of threats and respond quickly to those situations.
The officers are also given new body cameras to record what they see.
The union has been lobbying for a new policy that would allow the city’s police to carry guns in public places without a permit.
The police department has said it plans to hold a press conference Tuesday to explain the changes, and city Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement that the department has already done so.
Balderas also said the city is “committed to maintaining a safe environment for all residents and the public.”
He also said that if officers don’t feel safe in public, they can contact their superiors.