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Mayor wants more police funding to deal with mentally ill

Created: 04/01/2014 5:13 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque's mayor wants more money for police training - especially for the way cops deal with mentally ill people.

Mayor Richard Berry's brand new budget proposal comes just when the U.S. Department of Justice is close to wrapping up their two-year investigation into police shootings and civil rights complaints.

The timing is no coincidence: Mayor Berry said the budget was crafted with the justice probe in mind.

"And we don't know where they are in the process - however we believe they should be forthcoming fairly soon and this million dollars is there in preparation for that as well," Berry said. "We know they will have ideas - they will have opinions on things that we can do."

The mayor's budget also calls for seven new civilian employees in APD for help in public records and telecommunication and the crime lab in addition to 3 million dollars for new police cars.

The city council will get to work on the budget soon - coming up with their own ideas - and by the end of May the mayor and the council should have something hammered out.


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