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APD Interim Chief Harold Medina and Mayor Tim Keller provide Metro 15 Update

73 percent of offenders arrested, no longer on streets.

Jan. 13, 2021

Mayor Tim Keller and Interim Police Chief Harold Medina highlighted the success of the Metro 15 program.  About 73% of the offenders arrested since November 2019, are no longer committing crimes in Albuquerque.

The Metro 15 is a working list of 15 offenders who are considered to be drivers of crime in Albuquerque.

“The Metro 15 Program continues to produce quality investigations leading to solid arrests, keeping violent offenders off the streets of Albuquerque,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “APD has no role in prosecuting the people they arrest, but the department is working on the front end to ensure the courts are prepared to keep violent offenders in jail.”

To date, 51 offenders identified through the Metro 15 program have been arrested, and 37 of them are no longer on the streets.

Many of the offenders are juveniles, involved in gang activity, drugs and gun violence. Among the list, APD leaders and Mayor Keller highlighted young men and teens who were committing crimes across Albuquerque and are now in custody.

In conjunction with the Metro 15 program, APD has been putting time and resources into the Violence Intervention Program and weekly, Anti-Crime Operations. All three programs are actively targeting the drivers of violent crime in Albuquerque and in a short amount of time, have already proved successful

“APD will continue to work on initiatives targeting the individuals committing crimes in our community and getting them behind bars,” said Interim Chief Harold Medina. “We strive daily to make Albuquerque a safer place and through programs like Metro 15, we are getting closer to that goal.”