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Mayor Accepts Public Safety Award on Behalf of Law Enforcement Officers and Partners in the Fight Against Crime

June 29, 2017

Albuquerque, NM - This evening, Mayor Richard Berry accepted the Excellence in Public Safety award given by the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the men and women of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and other law enforcement agencies and partners who have worked tirelessly to address disruptions in the criminal justice system and to build a sustainable plan to combat crime in Albuquerque.


The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has been a leading voice on criminal justice issues and public safety in our community for a long time, and the Mayor appreciates their leadership, hard work and commitment.  Fighting crime is an ever evolving task and there is always work to do to keep our community safe. The Mayor is thankful for all of the partners who continue to collaborate with the City on new efforts to crack down on serious repeat offenders to ensure that those who are arrested are held accountable by the justice system.  The Mayor can only accept this award on behalf of officers and all our partners who are engaged daily in this important work.


The Chamber outlined the following reasons for the Mayor to receive the award:


“…The award is part of an annual slate of awards which are given to Chamber volunteers and business and civic leaders for their commitment to the community and recognition of their work in a number of important areas. Award recipients are not only fully engaged in their area of recognition, but passionate about what they do in their efforts to elevate our city and state to a level of excellence.


In addition, Mayor Berry was instrumental in launching the recently announced Analysis-Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT), which brings together APD, BCSO, the FBI, and the DA's office to identify, track, apprehend, and aggressively prosecute our county's most serious repeat offenders. It's spearheaded by the Real Time Crime Center at APD and is staffed by two new repeat offender data analysts who the Mayor committed to hiring last October when he laid out a comprehensive plan for attacking crime in our city.


With regard to public safety, Mayor Berry has secured significant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, as part of the Government Innovation Teams program, to bring in a talented team of professionals to study our crime challenges and work with our justice system partners on new approaches to curbing crime.  The team is conducting groundbreaking research on our offender population and on crime concentrations in Albuquerque, as well as coordinating with the DA's office, the business community, the county, our law enforcement agencies, and other partners on collaborative, data-driven solutions.


Mayor Berry will also be recognized for fighting so hard for legislation that would allow retired police officers to return to work at law enforcement agencies under certain conditions, as a means of bolstering the ranks of our police departments with high-quality, well-trained, and experienced officers."


-Terri Cole, President and CEO, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce