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Interim APD chief discusses plans to fight crime

Kassi Nelson
December 06, 2017 06:41 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New interim Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier said accountability and transparency are two crucial principles needed to rebuild trust between the community and officers.

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"Trust is so important because without it we have no legitimacy," he said. "The public gives us our authority."

Geier and his new team of deputy chiefs are tasked with the huge job of evaluating, restructuring and turning around the department. On the second day in their new positions, they're already developing a multi-faceted strategy to fight crime from every angle.

Geier met with the local media for the first time Wednesday morning. He said the next 60 days will be spent looking at the police department from top to bottom to identify areas of weakness, set officers up for success, and ultimately make our neighborhoods safer.

New leaders means a fresh slate when it comes to working with the Department of Justice, Geier said.

"As I'm looking at the DOJ problems I can identify where there's weak points right now," he said. "We're going to hold people accountable and make sure reports get done and things don't sit for long periods of time."

As for the city's skyrocketing homicide rate, Geier said they'll work with the district attorney's office with the goal of stopping violent crimes before they happen.  

"People don't become homicide offenders overnight," he said. "A lot of these people are predators and have a propensity for violence if you have them off the street when they commit other crimes you probably are preventing future homicides."

Geier said the department will get back to basics of community policing.

"Officers driving around in cars just being reactive, we're going to try to change that," he said. "We want them to do a lot of non-enforcement contacts, get to know the people in their neighborhoods."

Geier also said they're looking at how to reallocate some resources so we can have more officers patrolling our streets.

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