What does it look like to reshape a relationship between law enforcement and the communities it serves? How can we, as citizens and as a community, ensure our families are safe, and our law enforcement agents are properly equipped to protect and serve in our city?
On May 1, 2014 TEDxABQ invited Protect & Serve to host a salon. We brought together leaders, community members, organizers, professionals and law enforcement agents from a wide range of communities in Albuquerque to share their ideas and visions for what it means to protect and serve in ABQ. This salon sought to engage in and inspire constructive, non-partisan conversation on how we can address the challenges we now face as a community and create a healthy and safe Albuquerque.
Jim Ogle was born and raised in New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Physics & Astronomy. He spent 4 years as a teacher in the Peace Corp in Botswana. Upon his return to the USA he spent his working career at, and retired from, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
He became involved with mental health and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, when an adult family member was diagnosed with a serious mental illness. He was President of NAMI Albuquerque for about 6 years; he has been on the NAMI New Mexico board for about 4 years; he is presently the Vice President of NAMI Albuquerque. He has been a member of two legislative task forces focused on mental illness. He is on the steering committee for a UNM research project that involves recovery in people living with drug addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is a NAMI representative to the Bernalillo County Forensic Intervention Consortium and he is on the steering committee for Albuquerque’s response to a White House call for a national conversation on mental health.