Mayor Richard J. Berry Honors an APD Officer and Department of Senior Affairs Employee
June 1, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE - On Friday, June 1, 2012, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized an Officer from the Albuquerque Police Department and an employee of the Department of Senior Affairs. This week’s Friday’s Hero is Officer Robert Gibbs. Joy Klotz who works for the Department of Senior Affairs, is this week’s Employee of the Week.
These City Employees are being honored for their roles in two separate incidents involving the City of Albuquerque’s new Silver Alert program. Silver Alert is a public notification system that will broadcast information about missing persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In the event someone goes missing, the Albuquerque Police Department utilizes a variety of media outlets including: television, radio, electronic billboards, social media and direct phone calls to alert the public.
Ms. Klotz has been very active in ensuring that the citizens that could benefit the most from the program register. Ms. Klotz not only registered people but also met with over 30 citizens to explain the program and get them to sign up only a short time after the program was launched on February 14th. One person that she registered herself discovered very quickly how necessary the new program was. The gentlemen went on a walk with his caregiver when suddenly the caregiver lost sight of him. The caregiver was in possession of the jump drive that Ms. Klotz gave her when the elderly man registered for Silver Alert. A Silver Alert was immediately activated and the man was found near the Bio Park only a short time later by City Security.
Officer Gibbs launched the first ever Silver Alert in the program’s history. A family contacted the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department requesting that a Silver Alert be activated. BCSO referred the family to APD. Officer Gibbs responded to the call and realized that the family hadn’t registered their loved one for the program. Although their place of residence was outside of APD jurisdiction, Officer Gibbs drove out to the home himself and had the family fill out the necessary paperwork. He immediately activated a Silver Alert and the woman was found at a Greyhound bus stop when someone saw the Silver Alert on the Albuquerque Journal’s website.
It is due to the collaborative effort of APD, the Department of Senior Affairs, and the local media outlets that the Silver Alert program has been a success.