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APD launches new initiative in West Bluff area

Morgan Aguilar
February 01, 2018 06:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Albuquerque Police Department will soon have an increased presence in the West Bluff neighborhood north of I-40 near Coors Boulevard. It's part of the northwest area command’s first business coalition.

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Other area commands across the metro have seen them work, so the northwest area command’s new commander, Donovan Olvera, wants to see the same thing happen in his new jurisdiction. He recently transferred to the northwest area command from the valley area command.

Olvera said the program was well-received the valley, and so far businesses seem eager to get it started in the northwest.

On Jan. 29, Olvera said he and some other APD leaders walked door to door, handing out flyers to businesses near Ouray and I-40 like Walmart and Home Depot. They explained that they'd like to launch an initiative similar to a neighborhood watch that will encourage the business owners to get to know their neighbors.

"It really is increasing community policing, but more so increasing the communication among the business owners so that they can identify the issues that are occurring in one part of the business, and relay that to the next-door neighbor,” said Olvera.

On Feb. 1, they had their first organized meeting with the business leaders to explain their plan.

"What we're doing on our end is we're going to provide the manpower," Olvera said. "We're going to bring in bike units to help patrol the area to let them know our commitment into what we believe could be a very safe part of not only the northwest but in Albuquerque."

They plan to meet with business leaders every month to talk about how they can protect themselves from crime. Olvera said the initiative is starting in the West Bluff neighborhood because they're seeing high rates of auto burglaries, auto thefts, home burglaries, and calls of suspicious activity and drug use.

"This area is the highest amount of crime occurring out of all of the northwest area command," he said
Olvera said he hopes this effort sends a strong message to criminals and helps make shoppers and nearby residents feel safe.

"We're not going to tolerate it, and we have the business owners behind our back, letting us know that they support us," he said. "And we support them in making sure that this is a safe area for all."

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