Alvarado Transportation Center to house new downtown police substation
September 12, 2018 05:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Mayor Tim Keller announced a new plan to address crime in downtown Albuquerque.
Portions of the Alvarado Transportation Center will be home to a new downtown substation.
“Starting today, we have a deputy chief of police and lieutenant who are here and this is their home,” said Mayor Tim Keller.
The city plans to dedicate 10 to 12 officers to patrol downtown.
Deputy Chief Rogelio Banez believes a strong community will help combat crime.
“It’s building a relationship with the stakeholders, the business owners, the different organizations,” said Deputy Banez. “I think that's the first thing we have to do. Through that relationship, I think we can build trust so they know I’m not just here sitting in an office, I’m here to fix things.”
The bottom floor of the transportation center will eventually turn into a resource center, of sorts.
In addition to officers, the goal is to staff the center to provide mental health and homeless resources, starting with a dedicated social worker.
“I think the first thing is going to be an assessment of what's going on, what are some of the challenges,” said Lisa Huval with the Albuquerque Family and Community Services Department.
Crews also plan to clean streets, trash, and graffiti. But there are still some unknowns. Huval said the timeline is unclear on when a social worker would move in. City officials said staffing levels and hours are still being worked out.
Albuquerque Fire Rescue said it will also increase its presence in the area.
Created: September 12, 2018 05:26 PM
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