Ex-APD chief’s new gig is with Taser

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police use Taser’s stun guns, lapel cameras and more.

Ray Schultz helped make APD one of Taser’s biggest clients before he retired as police chief – sending millions the company’s way.

Schultz is now a consultant with the company – telling crowds at conventions about APD’s experience with the technology.

“I’ve had a chance to go out and talk about technology and how it’s changing the face of law enforcement,” he said.

In July, Taser and APD negotiated a five-year, $1.9 million deal for body cameras.

A few weeks later, the chief officially retired. That’s raising some questions, but he says everything is above board.

“After I retired, they asked if I’d be willing to come and share some of our experiences so I agreed to do that,” he said.

He also says they gave several companies the opportunity for the lapel camera contract, but says Taser had the best product.

That’s why he says his new consulting job makes sense.

“I’m not in sales. I just talk about lessons learned and it’s up to individual agencies to decide what they want to do,” he said.

The city says they’re reviewing the contract.

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