Officers Recognized for Working with Albuquerque Neighborhood
February 17, 2017
Albuquerque, NM – Today Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Sergeant Michael K. Brodbeck, Community Service Aide Sandy Pino, Officer Ralph Rodriguez, and Officer Cacy Shultz for working with the community to address and help resolve recent break-ins at an Albuquerque neighborhood.
Families in an Albuquerque neighborhood were very concerned about a string of break-ins and attempted break-ins taking place in their area. The families got in touch with Pino, a Community Service Aide with Crime Prevention, to set up a meeting with an officer from the Southeast Police Substation to discuss some of the community’s growing concerns about the criminal activity in the area. Pino, Sergeant Brodbeck, Officer Rodriguez, and Officer Shultz set up a meeting to answer questions and possible concerns from community members.
At the meeting, the neighborhood expressed their worry about needles being left in the front and back yards of the houses in the neighborhood, people sleeping in the backyards of one of the neighbor's houses, and increased traffic in the area. Officers took the time to patiently listen to the residents and enact a plan to proactively address the problem. The officers also implemented close proactive patrols to further address all of the neighborhood’s concerns.
The police department employee’s professionalism, attention to detail, and compassion helped the families feel safe again and empowered them to look out for their fellow neighbors and themselves while having an open line of communication with police. It is for these reasons that Sergeant Michael K. Brodbeck, Community Service Aide Sandy Pino, Officer Ralph Rodriguez, and Officer Cacy Shultz are recognized as this week’s City of Albuquerque Friday’s Heroes.