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Mayor Tim Keller Announces Legislative Proposals to Immediately Fight Crime

Mayor Tim Keller announced his legislative proposals.

ALBUQUERQUE – Mayor Tim Keller today announced that he will work with legislators to help pay for priority initiatives that will make an immediate impact on crime.

“Crime is the top issue in Albuquerque and I am making public safety my top priority,” Mayor Keller said. “I am committed to stepping up and getting police officers the resources they need. I am proposing proven crime-fighting strategies during this year’s budget session that can immediately help police keep neighborhoods and small businesses safe.”

“The Mayor is prioritizing the resources that will immediately help officers as they target crimes that are impacting residents on a daily basis,” said APD Interim Chief Mike Geier.

Mayor Keller is proposing the following priorities:

  1. Hiring New Officers
  1. Police vehicles
  • APD currently has a need for 200 patrol vehicles to modernize its fleet.
  • As Mayor Keller works with the City Council to increase the number of police officers, the need for patrol vehicles will continue to grow.
  1. Modern radio system
  • Replace obsolete Land Mobile Radio Systems used by the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.
  • Current radio systems have been in service since 1998 and are no longer supported by the manufacturer.
  • Modern system needed to ensure effective communication, especially during emergencies.
  1. Mobile video trailers to deter crime in hot spots
  • Vehicle thefts, vehicle burglaries and commercial burglaries showed the largest increases in 2017.
  • Mobile video trailers are deployed effectively in neighborhoods, parks and business hot spots to deter crime.
  • Five working video trailers are currently in use, and there is a waiting list of requests from Area Commands throughout the city.
  1. Sexual assault kit backlog
  • Funding to address all 4,000 untested kits