Mayor Richard J. Berry and Police Chief Raymond Schultz unveiled a new police officer cyber lounge Monday that will give officers a place to go, relax and work on reports while they wait for court appearances.
Albuquerque-Mayor Richard J. Berry and Police Chief Raymond Schultz unveiled a new police officer cyber lounge Monday that will give officers a place to go, relax and work on reports while they wait for court appearances.
The lounge, located in the basement of the main police station, is equipped with couches, large televisions, a quiet room, wireless internet, work stations, a refrigerator and a restroom. There is also an office inside the lounge that the Albuquerque Police Officer’s Association can use for meetings
"Being a police officer is a stressful job," Mayor Berry said. “Our officers deserve a quiet place to go and relax. This lounge is a nice place to get away from the stress of the job."
Mayor Berry came up with the idea for the lounge after he was made aware that officers didn’t have a safe place to go while they wait for hours in between court appearances. Before the lounge most officers had to wait in hallways and didn’t have a quiet place to go to do work.
"Our officers who work the graveyard shift have to go directly to court after getting off work," Chief Schultz said. "They go hours without sleep and need a place to go to relax and unwind. This lounge is perfect for them."
The lounge cost about $5,000. The APOA donated the refrigerator and are keeping it stocked with refreshments.