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APD provides details on Montgomery Corridor – Violent Crime Initiative

Officers in the Northeast Area Command have utilized high visibility patrol tactics, outreach events, specialized law enforcement units and technology-based solutions to reduce violent crimes.

April 19, 2021

Today the Albuquerque Police Department provided details on a new operation along the Montgomery corridor that is a violent crime initiative.

Officers in the Northeast Area Command have utilized high visibility patrol tactics, outreach events, specialized law enforcement units and technology-based solutions to reduce violent crimes.

Since the beginning of the year, four homicides on three separate incidents were investigated along with two additional shootings with injuries at apartment complexes along Montgomery Boulevard. The number of violent crimes in a short amount of time is concerning and catapulted the creation of the violent crime initiative.

“The last thing we want in our city is for our citizens to feel unsafe,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We know these recent crimes can spur fear and we have ramped up our police presence to deter these violent crimes, and make meaningful contacts with the public, providing resources they may need.”

The Montgomery operation began March 27, and will last for 60 days, through May 22. The APD Mobile Command Post is set up every week for 72 hours between Thursday to Sunday, manned by a PSA at all times.

Along with the use of camera trailers and automated license plate readers, officers are conducting patrols both in their units and by foot to increase presence and interact with individuals specifically at the apartment complexes in the area.

Results of the operation so far are as follows:

  • 181 periodic watches conducted
  • 65 non-enforcement contacts made
  • 5 organized outreach events conducted
  • 21 citations issued
  • 2 misdemeanor arrests
  • 4 felony arrests
  • 2 criminal summons

“Having a large police presence in an area that has recently seen violent crime spike, will without a doubt deter these incidents from occurring,” said Chief Harold Medina. “Moving forward, we are using this as a citywide model to make solid contacts with our citizens, prevent crime, and focus on community policing.”