ABQ City Councilors propose $1 million for more officers along Central
May 02, 2019 11:03 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— City councilors announced Thursday a proposal to invest $1 million new policing initiatives along Central.
Jess Cloud, the general manager of Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria, said crime spiked after businesses closed because of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) construction.
“Back in October 2016, when they started ART construction, a lot of the businesses down here really felt it,” Cloud said. “Everyone took a hit.”
Once the ART construction was complete, business owners got together to brainstorm how to make the area more attractive and safer for customers.
“We're making a bigger push,” Cloud said. “How do we make Central better, or how do we get people back to central?”
City leaders heard their concerns. Now, councilors want to spend $1 million for ten police officers who will patrol Central on bikes.
They also proposed marketing and promotion grants to encourage shoppers to "Rediscover Route 66: Albuquerque's Small Business Main Street!"
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller thanked the city councilors for their interest in policing on Central.
“Our APD community policing initiative is putting more cops on the street and making Albuquerque safer—and I want to personally thank these councilors for their strong support of our initiative. As we hire 100 new officers per year, we’re making the critical commercial and residential corridor along Central Avenue safer and more vibrant. Route 66 is open for business,” Keller said.
Updated: May 02, 2019 11:03 AM
Created: May 01, 2019 09:13 PM
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