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Amid crime concerns, Albuquerque mayor to receive public safety award

Kai Porter
June 27, 2017 06:23 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Concerns about crime in Albuquerque have some residents wondering if Mayor Richard Berry deserves a public safety award from the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

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“Because there isn't any safety here at all," Clara Montana said.

But others, like Patti Hoech, who owns Patrician Design downtown, support the mayor.

"I think the mayor has done a wonderful job on many fronts,” she said. “I think this is a huge problem and it's greater than his office. I think we have issues with vagrant drug addicts. I think that's a courts problem. Everybody knows who they are. The police on the street know who they are. We see them all the time. We report them. They do disturbing things and they can't be kept behind bars."

She pointed to the city’s Block by Block program as something the city's done to make the area safer.

"They clean up. They greet people. They answer questions. They monitor these vagrants. They respond to us if we have a need much more quickly than the police often can because they're right here in the neighborhood," Hoech said.

Terri Cole, president and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, sent KOB this statement:

On Thursday, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce will present Mayor RJ Berry with the award for Excellence in Public Safety. The award is part of an annual slate of awards which are given to Chamber volunteers and business and civic leaders for their commitment to the community and recognition of their work in a number of important areas. Award recipients are not only fully engaged in their area of recognition, but passionate about what they do in their efforts to elevate our city and state to a level of excellence.

With regard to public safety, Mayor Berry has secured significant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, as part of the Government Innovation Teams program, to bring in a talented team of professionals to study our crime challenges and work with our justice system partners on new approaches to curbing crime.  The team is conducting groundbreaking research on our offender population and on crime concentration in Albuquerque, as well as coordinating with the DA's office, the business community, the county, our law enforcement agencies, and other partners on collaborative, data-driven solutions. 

In addition, Mayor Berry was instrumental in launching the recently announced Analysis-Led Recidivism Team (ALeRT), which brings together APD, BCSO, the FBI, and the DA's office to identify, track, apprehend, and aggressively prosecute our county's most serious repeat offenders. It's spearheaded by the Real Time Crime Center at APD and is staffed by two new repeat offender data analysts who the Mayor committed to hiring last October when he laid out a comprehensive plan for attacking crime in our city.

Mayor Berry will also be recognized for fighting so hard for legislation that would allow retired police officers to return to work at law enforcement agencies under certain conditions, as a means of bolstering the ranks of our police departments with high-quality, well-trained, and experienced officers.

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