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.
Deborah Kuidis. Deborah retired from the Albuquerque Police Dept in 1999 and went on to serve as a Commander with the UNM Police Department. In her service with APD, she was the first Hispanic woman to achieve the rank of Captain and later became the department’s first female deputy chief. Deborah served as a patrol officer, supervisor, and academy instructor.
For years, Deborah addressed new officers at their training graduation with a speech about the honor and responsibility being bestowed upon them by the community. In her talk she will discuss the relationship between law enforcement and the community and share her experiences as a police officer in Albuquerque.