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Albuquerque Community Safety Showcases New Headquarters

New ACS Headquarters to accommodate growing department and serve as community space.
May 31, 2024

Today, the City of Albuquerque showcased the completion of the new headquarters for the Albuquerque Community Safety Department (ACS) to members of the Albuquerque media. The new 10,800-square-foot facility is located in the International District, and along with housing ACS staff and programs, will also serve as a space for community resources and gatherings. ACS is a first-of-its-kind department, and these new headquarters are the first for an alternative health response department in nation.

The new building has space for the growing number of ACS Responders, staff, and a dedicated space for training. It also holds a collaborative space where community members, community partners, Responders, and ACS Administrative staff will share ideas and work together to continue to serve our city.

“This building is a reflection of our commitment to the community,” said ACS Acting Director, Jodie Esquibel. “We look forward to making the International District home as we continue to provide the right response at the right time across our city.”

Since its inception two and a half years ago, ACS has responded to over 75,000 calls. In prior years, many of these would have been calls fielded by first responders in the police and fire departments. ACS takes about 3,000 911 calls each month, helping to relieve police and fire and make sure they are available for serious crimes or life-threatening situations. With its success, ACS has woven itself into the fabric of emergency response for the City of Albuquerque.

“This new headquarters solidifies Albuquerque Community Safety as the third branch of emergency response,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “ACS was created based on feedback from our community, and we look forward to continuing to grow the department to meet needs all over our city.”

Being located in the International District Market means the new ACS headquarters will play an integral part in ensuring ACS is connected and engaged with the communities it serves. The $10 million-dollar project was paid for with General Obligation Bonds.

The growth of ACS will continue when the Southwest Safety Center located just north of 98th and Rio Bravo opens its doors in 2025. This facility will be the first of its kind for Albuquerque as it will house APD, AFR and ACS staff.