APD detectives say preventing domestic violence helps prevent homicides, other crimes
October 13, 2018 06:17 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – From property crime to drug deals, and, even worse, homicides, the Albuquerque Police Department has warned the public on how a misdemeanor can escalate to a life-threatening situation.
That's why detectives with APD's Homicide Unit say it's important to be proactive in preventing other crimes throughout the city, including domestic violence.
Cutting down on domestic violence is one of the many things APD detectives say can help prevent crimes like homicides.
“Homicide is a reactive unit. We go out once a crime's occurred, and other units are proactive,” APD Detective Andrew Hsu said.
Which is why, to cut down on homicides, Hsu said it's important to invest in the other units too.
“(In) a lot of our homicides, we've noticed a trend, whether it be drugs, gangs, domestic violence," APD Detective Terra Juarez said. "So if we can help those units, get some more detectives in our gang unit or detectives in our narcotics unit, I think that would help tremendously."
Hsu said that proactive mindset begins with education in the city's schools.
"Telling him or her about the dangers of being in a gang," he said. "All that really helps out, and it's a little different for homicide because you can't patrol the streets and be proactive in stopping a homicide."
Created: October 13, 2018 06:17 PM
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