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Waste collectors partner with Hobbs PD in fight against crime

Leonard Tapia
June 14, 2017 06:33 PM

HOBBS, N.M. -- For residents in Hobbs, Wednesday is just another regular day to place the trash out on the curb.  But for drivers who pick that trash up, it’s more than a day to throw out just trash. It’s an opportunity to throw out crime.

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Waste Management in Hobbs teamed up with the Hobbs Police Department to train drivers as “backup” to reduce illegal activity in the community.

“A total of 35 drivers actually went through the triaging,” said Jarrett Hall, the southeast New Mexico Waste Management manager. “This is just really increased that awareness to just be very vigilant to the things that they see in the community.”

The solid waste drivers and their trucks are out on the streets every day, just like officers. Not only will drivers provide first responders with backup, they hope to make the community safer and stronger. 

“It’s really good to be able to give back to the community,” said Brad Savell, a Waste Management driver. “We’ve always been there, but now it’s just enhanced in our thought process. “

So far, officers tell KOB they have seen successful results.

“It’s great,” said Hobbs PD Sgt. Marina Barrientes. “Since the program started, we’ve already seen an increase of them kind of giving us tips, calling in suspicious activity and it’s really benefited us.”

“It’s a great program because it’s more eyes out there when we can’t be everywhere at once,” added Officer Jeremy Kirk.

The Hobbs Police Department and Waste Management encourage people to call with any questions.

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Leonard Tapia

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