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.
Rafe Martinez. Mr. Martinez is a cofounder of the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy and currently serves as the executive director of the school. He is a father of three children, one of whom is a hard of hearing son, Ben. He brings over 20 years of experience as a teacher, athletic coach, dean of students and school administrator.
Mr. Martinez will speak to the idea of building trust, dispelling fear, and fostering communication in order to better serve the community. The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy’s (ASLA) core values revolve around communication and relationships. In that spirit, ASLA is reaching out to APD to proactively invite them into the school’s community and develop a relationship-driven partnership, truly a win-win situation.