I hope that everyone enjoyed the first full month of fall. We continued to conduct “Cop on a Corner” briefings throughout the area command. Although we have seen some involvement from the community we would like to see more of you come out to meet our officers. These events will give you the opportunity to attend police field briefings where you can interact with the officers assigned to your neighborhoods and provide in part information and ask questions. The briefings will serve as a way to exchange information. It is also an opportunity for officers to provide you with crime prevention tips and tools. We will be sending out flyers with the locations and times of our next two events.
During the month of October we saw some decrease on our aggravated assaults from our previous month, however, our robberies do continue to rise. Overall we do continue to see increases in our violent crimes. However, we also had another decrease on our overall numbers for property crimes. We saw an increase in burglaries of storage units and are working on operations to address those.
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).
JOIN THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT NORTHWEST AREA COMMAND OFFICERS FOR COFFEE AND CONVERSATION!
June 22, 2021, Tuesday, 9:00am to 11:00am
It will be hosted by the Starbucks Coffee Company located at 3410 NM Hwy 528, north of Lowes. This is your opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the Police Officers in your community!
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)