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Our Mission

The Albuquerque Police Department's primary mission as defined by Mission Statement, Vision Statement, Principles of Community Policing and Core Values.

Mission Statement

We, the members of the Albuquerque Police Department, believe in the shared responsibility of police personnel, government leaders and citizens to improve Albuquerque's quality of life and to defend our community. We vow to uphold the U.S. Constitution, to fairly enforce the laws of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque in order to protect life, property and rights. In partnership with the community, we will engage in policing to maintain order, reduce crime and the fear of crime through education, prevention and enforcement.

Vision Statement

The Albuquerque Police Department envisions a safe, secure community where the rights, history and culture of each citizen is valued and respected. We will achieve this vision by pro-actively collaborating with the community to identify and solve public safety problems and improve the quality of life in Albuquerque.

Community Policing

Community Policing is a pro-active partnership between the Albuquerque Police Department, the citizens of Albuquerque, other agencies within the City of Albuquerque, and other levels of State Government, Federal Government and the private sector.  This partnership seeks to expose the root causes of crime and disorder, and to eradicate such conditions through the aggressive enforcement of laws, ordinances, and City policies and through positive community collaboration.


The four core values of the Albuquerque Police Department are:

  • Integrity: We maintain the trust of the community by being honest, compassionate and consistent in our actions. We hold ourselves responsible to the highest standard of personal and professional ethical conduct.
  • Respect: We respect the sanctity of life, the dignity of all people, and use only that force necessary to accomplish our lawful duty.
  • Fairness: We treat everyone as we want to be treated by being objective, courteous, and equitable.
  • Pride: We take pride in our department and its historical heritage. We are dedicated to professionalism, service and moral courage.