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N.M. Chief: Extramarital Agency Affairs Are 'Nature at Play'

July 25, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KOB.
Screenshot via KOB.
Albuquerque's departing police chief is receiving harsh criticism for appearing to condone extramarital affairs among his officers during an on-air interview with KOB-TV's Tom Joles.

Chief Ray Schultz, who is leaving as chief next week and will remain as a consultant, was discussing the murder trial of ex-officer Lexi Chavez that revealed the affairs among officers.

"In law enforcement, you've got young, good-looking folks that do this job," Schultz told Joles. "That's our target group of employees—20-, 30-, 40-year-old men and women. We ask them to stay in good shape. There's nature at play."

City Council President Dan Lewis told the Albuquerque Journal that Chief Schultz gave the "wrong answer" to Joles. Lewis said "it's not OK" for officers to "commit adultery with one another" and that a new chief would "hold our officers to a higher standard."

Deputy Chief Allen Banks is taking over as interim chief of the department on Aug. 3. Schultz will remain as a consultant for a month during the transition.

Tags: Police-Media Relations, Off-Duty Life, Thin Blue Line, Albuquerque (N.M.) PD, Police Chiefs


Comments (9)

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Capt. Crunch @ 7/25/2013 7:04 PM

Is this guy for real. If you want to screw around don't get married. Sounds like Chief Schultz, has a open marriage and thinks everyone is a pervert like him. What he he a consultant for (how to be a whore).

EODK9Trainer @ 7/26/2013 2:51 AM

Wow. Doesn't sound like he engaged his brain before answering the question. This man is definitely not chief material and fortunately he is outgoing.

Rob Coon @ 7/26/2013 7:24 AM

I have known Chief Schults for many years and he has been a man of honor and intregrity. He has served the Albuquerque Police Dept. with distinction and set the bar very high. Do not judge him for one mis-quote and don't throw stones if you live in a glass house. He is a very good person and a great leader.

Chief P @ 7/26/2013 7:54 AM

The personal lives are of no one elses concern even if they committ adultery unless it causes issues while in service. I am not ok with adultery but unless it is against the law in your state and it is an issue that needs prosecuted it is really no one elses business. The command structure in law enforcement needs to learn how to stay out of the private lives of their employees unless it legally has bearing on their jobs and the department. You don't get to folks how to live unless they break the law. Nothing to see here, move on.

APD 34 @ 7/26/2013 9:23 AM

TO Rob Coon....if you've known him for years not only would you know how to spell his name, but you'd know that he has tarnished APD beyond recognition. His department is in shambles with over 200 fewer officers now than when he took over. Litigation is it an all time high. Morale is at rock bottom. He was found to have personally violated an officer's civil rights in a federal court trial and the list goes on and on.

cush @ 7/26/2013 12:18 PM

To Rob Coon, 1- it doesn't sound like it was a "mis-quote", rather a statement made. 2- For a Chief to label it "nature at play" is ridiculous. And to Chief P. I do agree that personal lives should be private, that is until they discredit your officers or department. It sounds like we are to accept another Clinton attitude. I have always believed that police officers were to be people of honor and integrity. I don't see adultery fitting into either. When I read these articles, I see a lot of the responses praying for officers or praying for God's blessings. If we believe in God, how can we excuse this type of behavior. I am 40 years in military or law enforcement and believe the majority of officers hold themselves at a higher standard. Should we start to accept this type of behavior as ok, we are in a world of hurt.

longtimecop @ 7/28/2013 1:41 PM

Cush, as a recently retired 46 year veteran officer, with a son who has 10 years on the job, I applaud your position. To equate your officer's marital infidelity with "nature at play" is inexcusable. What kind of message does this send, not only to officers under his command, but their spouses?? If he's married, I wonder how his wife feels about his "mis-quote"?

Lt Dan @ 7/29/2013 8:18 AM

Infidelity should not be seen as an occupational hazard for LEOs. Slow in and fast out, be faithful to your spouse, work out, pay your bills, and don't drink excessively. This era of liberal tolerance is going to come back on us.

Lt Dan @ 7/29/2013 8:18 AM

Infidelity should not be seen as an occupational hazard for LEOs. Slow in and fast out, be faithful to your spouse, work out, pay your bills, and don't drink excessively. This era of liberal tolerance is going to come back on us.

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