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Valley Area Commander

Meet the leadership at the Valley Area Command.

Cmdr. Joseph Burke

Commander Zachary Wesley

Commander Zachary Wesley leads the Valley Area Command with twenty years of experience in law enforcement.  He started his career with the Little Rock Police Department in Little Rock, Arkansas and came to the Albuquerque Police Department in 2001. 

Commander Wesley has served in the Field Services Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau, and the Behavioral Health/Crisis Intervention Section. Commander Wesley and his teams pioneered projects including the Leads Online electronic reporting system, Crime Stoppers initiatives, Mobile Crisis Teams and COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) initiatives, and Cops for Kids.  The Cops for Kids program sponsors over 100 children each year during the Christmas holiday.  Each child is picked up by an officer, taken to a group breakfast, a fun activity or movie, a full lights and sirens caravan to a shopping spree at Walmart and meeting with Santa and elves. Each child is provided with a $100 gift card to Walmart and full meal to take home to their families due to the generous donations from Walmart and other community partners. 

Commander Wesley is putting his experience to work for the Valley Area Command community.  He is developing strategies that reduce property crime, enhance community engagement and by collaborating with the many APD units and community partners, he is dedicated to making safety from violent crime a top priority.