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APD Conducts Citywide, Proactive-Policing Operation

The Albuquerque Police Department wrapped up a citywide, proactive-policing operation on Friday that targeted drivers of crime.

Aug. 22, 2020

The Albuquerque Police Department wrapped up a citywide, proactive-policing operation on Friday that targeted drivers of crime.

The department-wide effort included officers and detectives from multiple bureaus who went after repeat offenders and saturated violent crime hot spots identified throughout the city.

The 3-day operation had the following results:
· 72 warrants cleared
· 33 new arrests
· 284 traffic citations
· 5 stolen vehicles recovered.

“We designed this operation to look for specific offenders throughout the city, while allowing officers and detectives from several units to engage in proactive policing,” APD Chief Mike Geier said. “This approach led to the arrest of five offenders on no-bond holds who will stay in jail, as well as dozens of additional arrests we wouldn’t have otherwise made.”

In one instance, a Downtown Proactive Response Team officer was working the tac plan when he noticed a suspicious person going in and out of a vehicle. After running the license plate, the officer realized it was a stolen vehicle. The officer conducted a traffic stop and took the suspect into custody.

Another PRT team in the Southeast responded to assist with the stabbing of a couple in Nob Hill. The PRT team with the assistance of a field officer were able to successfully take the suspect into custody and he is being held without bond.

In addition to getting violent crime offenders off the streets, the APD Traffic Division, Open Space and the Horse Mounted Unit worked in conjunction with PRT teams to conduct high visibility violent crime reduction enforcement in violent crime areas.

Another team working the three-day operation arrested a homicide offender.

The goal of this three-day operation was to help proactively reduce crime in Albuquerque, focusing resources on current drivers of crime.