“Dangerous” should not be the word that comes to mind when people think of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our city is in crisis with a rise in auto theft, property crimes and violent crimes. It’s no surprise that the recent jump in crime comes as there are fewer officers on the streets making arrests, and fewer criminals in our jail. We will make Albuquerque an unwelcome place for those who break into our homes, steal our property, and wreak havoc on our city’s neighborhoods.
KEEP REPEAT OFFENDERS LOCKED UP
In 2016, there were well over 5,000 auto thefts in the city of Albuquerque—that’s an average of more than 13 per day. Over half of those vehicles were stolen by repeat offenders – many who were in and out of jail multiple times over the last year. We will ensure that repeat offenders stay in jail and out of our neighborhoods. We will work with state legislators and judges to strengthen and enforce laws that keep criminals locked up.
BACK THE FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OURS
It’s a difficult time to be a police officer or fire fighter in America today. Those who are choosing to make the public’s safety a career these days are true public servants. They put their lives on the line every time they put the uniform on and they deserve our respect and support. We will ensure that our officers and firefighters have everything they need to do their jobs and return home safe every night.
UNITE CITY AND COUNTY POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO CREATE NEW STANDARDS OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY
We currently have four different departments acting independently to protect one group of people. It is time to merge City and County police and fire departments, starting with one consolidated professional dispatch center. Together, a Metro Public Safety Agency will cut life-saving response times, be more efficient in their work, and help protect our city from rising crime rates while eliminating duplications of effort. We will begin the work to create one dispatch center on day one.
PUT 1200 POLICE OFFICERS ON THE STREETS OF ALBUQUERQUE
With less than 900 current sworn officers, we are at a dangerous disadvantage. We will recruit, train, lead, and keep the best officers so that we can fight crime proactively, intelligently, and effectively.