Updated: January 13, 2021 05:27 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 03:48 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Albuquerque police released its latest Metro 15 list.
The people are wanted for various crimes, but police say these suspects all fit into a specific category.
"It isn't necessarily those with the worst record or some other criteria you could use," said Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. "It's really about the drivers of crime, and it's also related to the cases we can make to make sure they are prosecuted."
The Metro 15 program started in 2019. It has resulted in 51 arrests, according to Keller. He added that 35 of those arrested remain behind bars.
"When APD arrests these individuals, we also want the public to know, the judges to know these offenders do present a danger to the community," Keller said. "That's why they are on the metro 15 list."
The program appeared to stall in the fall of 2020. The list went months without being updated.
"While there was a pause, there wasn't a pause in that our officers were no longer looking for these particular individuals," said APD Commander Scott Norris.
Officials say the pause was in part due to a change in leadership at the department.
Police officials say they are committed to using this tool, along with others, to continue to fight crime.
"When we look at some of these individuals who began their life of crime at the age of 12, we have to intervene with these individuals-- with programs like VIP and make sure that we have some long term solution and give them the tools to turn their life around," said interim APD Chief Harold Medina.
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