City Dedicates New Northwest Area Command in Memory of Officer Michael R. King and Officer Richard W. Smith Jr.
Mayor Richard J. Berry and Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz were joined by Debbie King and Susan Smith-Johnston in dedicating the Michael R. King/Richard W. Smith Jr. Memorial Substation on Albuquerque's west side. The substation was named after Albuquerque Police Officer Michael R. King and Officer Richard W. Smith Jr. who were killed in the line of duty while responding to a call on August 18, 2005. Officers King and Smith's widows were both in attendance and participated in a ribbon cutting following the ceremony.
"Through this memorial, we will honor them for their sacrifice as well as celebrate them for the way that they lived," said Mayor Berry of Officers Smith and King. "To Debbie and Susan, the dedication of this substation is but a small gesture in light of all that you have lost, but it is an everlasting testament to their sacrifice."
The Michael R. King/Richard W. Smith Jr. Memorial Substation was built in response to a growing Northwest quadrant of Albuquerque. It is on track to be LEED certified silver or better and features geothermal heating and cooling and 10% photovoltaic electricity production.
The new Northwest Area Command is located at 10401 Cibola Loop Road NW and at 26,000 square feet, is the largest APD substation built to date. Construction began in December of 2009 and the facility will house 79 sworn officers and 9 civilian staff. The 5.1 million dollar substation is APD's sixth area command and will oversee the patrol function north of Interstate 40 and west of Rio Grande.