APD NW Area Command September 2021 Newsletter

First, I would like to say I am glad to be the commander for the Northwest Area Command, and thank you for
the support you have provided to the area command
and officers. A little about me, I started with the
Albuquerque Police Department in 2001 after serving two years as an officer in Roanoke City, Virginia, where I started my law enforcement career. Over the course of my career at APD I worked as an officer in Field Services Bureau (FSB) until 2008 in Southeast, Valley, Foothills and Southwest Area Commands. I was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and to lieutenant in 2014, where I supervised teams in FSB in multiple area commands. In 2018 I was promoted to commander and spent the last three years in the Special Operations Division (SOD).


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Commander Arturo Sanchez

Northwest Community Policing Council Meeting May 19th

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Good Morning and Good Afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am the City of Albuquerque Community Policing Liaison and my job is to help the 6 Albuquerque Community Policing Councils promote APD’s transition to Community Policing. For those of you who may be unaware, the Department of Justice came up with a decree in 2015 that the Albuquerque Police Department’s unnecessary use of force  demanded changes in the department, one of which being the establishment of the aforementioned Community Policing Councils;

The Community Policing Councils work closely with the Albuquerque Police Department to develop a comprehensive community policing approach that collaboratively identifies and implements strategies to address crime and safety issues.

Rather than simply responding to crimes once they have been committed, community policing concentrates on preventing crime and eliminating the atmosphere of fear it creates. Earning the trust of the community and making those individuals stakeholders in their own safety enables law enforcement to better understand both the needs of the community and the factors that contribute to crime.

A well–functioning police department has the trust of the residents it protects, functions as a part of the community rather than isolated from it, and cultivates legitimacy when the public views it as engaging with them fairly and respecting the rule of law. 

Officers should value civil rights, respect every member of their community, and see their work as an investment in the community.

I am sending this letter to you today in hopes that you will pass it on to members of your Association so that we can get more community involvement in our monthly webinars:  Our next NWCPC webinar will be held on May 19th, and these meetings contain information vital to the local community regarding the Police Department, crime, and issues caused by crime. We offer the opportunity to meet the police officers in the local command, make suggestions and ask questions. Invitation below;

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: May 19, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Northwest Community Policing Council

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://cabq.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZH3iX6nRSOmGbBA-V9l3lw

Passcode:174814

Your NWCPC Chair is Eric Jackson, and you can reach him at Jackson.nwcpc@gmail.com, or in the general email box at northwestcpc@cabq.gov.

Thank you for your time, and I hope to see heavy CPC involvement from your Association.

 Kelly K. Mensah
City of Albuquerque Community Policing Council Liaison
(505) 261-5611 (personal)
(505) 366-1389
kmensah@cabq.gov

City Seeks Community Input For Next APD Chief

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The City of Albuquerque is seeking community input for the Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) next police chief with a new online survey. The City’s contracted specialist, Herb Crosby, along with city staff have been meeting virtually with community members and organizations to gather input as the search continues. The City is seeking input from the broader Albuquerque community through a survey option at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X63L3P2. Community input through virtual meetings will continue through the end of this month, and the survey will be open for the remainder of the month as well. The search committee has held 22 community meetings already. The job posting for the APD Police Chief can be viewed here.

Community Policing Council Meetings Happening Virtually

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Have you been wanting to get more involved with your Community Policing Council (CPC)? Now is a great time to participate. All CPC meetings take place online, so it’s a safe way for you to be part of helping develop policy and procedures for the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). For a complete listing of all CPCs citywide and when they host their meetings, visit: http://www.cabq.gov/cpoa/community-policing-council/community-policing-council