AFSCME Takes Action During National Law Enforcement Week

In this Update:


National Law Enforcement Week: Honoring Heroes Who’ve Sacrificed

In 2016, 143 officers were killed; the names of more than 20,000 officers are engraved on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day. The purpose was to “express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all our people.”

Police Week, as it is also known, is a chance not only for officers from across the country to remember their fallen colleagues, but for communities to express thanks for those who protect them. Events during the week include memorial services as well as seminars for families and loved ones coping with loss.





AFSCME Local 601, Belen Police Department Takes Stand for Safety, Vote No Confidence in Deputy Chief

Sergeant Luis Lopez, Local 601 President has mailed a letter on behalf of the majority of Belen Police Department Union Officers to city leaders informing them that the Local officially conducted a Vote of No Confidence on their Deputy Chief.

"The City of Belen deserves quality policing. But that will only be achieved when we have professional leadership who function at a high level in cooperation with the officers." Sergeant Luis Lopez, President Local 601, Belen PD.

By an overwhelming majority, Local 601, Belen PD Officers voted no confidence in their Deputy Chief due to his subversive management style. His pattern of intimidation and unprofessionalism have compromised the mission of the Belen Police Department.

The Officers are demanding a review of his management practices and are asking city leaders to consider demanding his resignation. Read the entire letter here.


Espanola City Council and Taos County Commission Passes Proclamation Honoring Law Enforcement and Public Safety

"For years, morale of the Espanola Police Department has been at rock bottom. The challenges we face as a community are many," said Officer Robert Vigil, President Local 923. "By passing the proclamation at their May 9th, 2017 council meeting, the councilors have demonstrated to Espanola citizens and the surrounding communities that our city intends to back their officers. With our Union and the City working together to get things accomplished, we will improve morale of the officers."


May 16, 2017 Taos Commission passes proclamation honoring Public Safety, Sheriff's Deputies, Adult and Youth Detention Officers, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency 911 Dispatch

"It feels good to be thanked once in a while," said Taos County Sheriff's Detective Celedon Gallegos, Taos County Local 1193 activist. "In Taos County, we do have the backing of our county commission, our county manager, the sheriff, and of course our union. It's a morale booster."


"Proud To Protect and Serve"

AFSCME Law Enforcement Film

AFSCME New Mexico assisted in production for this January 2016 film honoring the noble work of law enforcement officers and the memory of dedicated Peace Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

National Law Enforcement Week in May 15-21, 2017




In One Voice: AFSCME Members Fight for the Dignity of Public Safety Careers

AFSCME Council 18 debuts testimonial film, "Dignity and Dedication to Public Safety Careers"


America is as strong as it is today because of what unions did in the past and what we continue to do today. There is much work ahead in the fight to improve lives of working Americans. We are seriously at a dangerous precipice. If AFSCME or any unions buckle one bit, our society goes downhill fast.  
- Connie Der, AFSCME International VP & Council 18 Executive Director


In Unity