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Mayor Keller, APD Add Bicycle Officers in Every Area Command

Part of multipronged approach to tackle crime with community policing.

July 24, 2019

The Albuquerque Police Department will be placing more bicycle officers on the streets as part of its community policing strategy. APD announced today that 22 bicycle officers will be patrolling neighborhoods across the city.

“We’ve seen improvements by having our bicycle officers patrol neighborhoods and businesses in the Northwest side of town and we wanted to double down on those efforts citywide,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “Having these officers check in with local businesses and neighbors is community policing in action and serves as a crime deterrent.”

The use of bicycles instead of cars can make police officers more approachable.  Having bicycle officers also increases the range of foot patrols, which in turn increases the number of interactions the officer can have with the public.

“This is another tool in our tool box to engage in constitutional community policing,” stated Deputy Chief Harold Medina. “We want more officers interacting with businesses and residents in the community on a more frequent rotation. Adding these officers in each area of town allows us to do just that.”

Bicycle officers will be represented in each of the six area commands.