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Northwest Area Commander

Meet the leadership at the Northwest Area Command.

Cmdr. Joseph Burke

Commander Jennifer Garcia

Acting Commander Jennifer Garcia joined the Albuquerque Police Department in February 2003.

During her career with APD, Acting Commander Garcia has worked various assignments in the Field Services Bureau, on the Major Crime Scene Team, and in Operations Review.

As a sergeant, Acting Commander Garcia supervised patrol squads in the Southeast and Valley area commands, the Crime Scene Specialist Units, Operations Review, and oversaw the Field Training Officer Program, Chaplain Unit, Crime Stoppers, and managed the department’s fleet. 

Upon promotion to lieutenant, Acting Commander Garcia was assigned to Internal Affairs and the Critical Incident Response Team and worked closely in the implementation of APD’s settlement agreement.

She has served on on the department’s Emergency Response Team, Search and Rescue Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, Dive Team, and Honor Guard Team.

Acting Commander Garcia is an Albuquerque Native.  After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in counseling, she worked for a non-profit agency as a licensed counselor and treatment coordinator for Albuquerque’s youth.