APD prepares for Black Friday despite statewide shutdown | KOB 4

APD prepares for Black Friday despite statewide shutdown

Patrick Hayes
Updated: November 27, 2020 12:30 PM
Created: November 26, 2020 03:00 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — While the governor’s two-week shutdown order remains in full effect, APD said they’re still planning to patrol popular shopping areas on Black Friday. 

“We want to anticipate if they do, we'll be ready,” said APD Deputy Chief Donovan Olvera. 

APD said there’s no telling what Black Friday will look like this year. Some stores are still allowed to offer curbside pickup, but indoors malls are closed. 

"So it's one of those—we don't, it's kind of hard to tell based on people hopefully abiding by the public health order,” Olvera said.

Olvera said officers will be on the lookout for people and businesses violating the public health order. 

"So APD is working side-by-side with the fire marshal's office and code enforcement unit and environmental health division where we assist them should they need any help identifying areas that need follow-up. So we will assist and cite those businesses if need be,” he said. 

Police are usually on high alert this time of year patrolling mall parking lots of crimes like auto theft. 

“Traditionally, there've been a lot of people visiting the malls, so in the event there are cars out there parked, we just want to continue ensuring people stay safe,” Olvera said.

Violations of the public health order could be considered a misdemeanor, which comes with a $100 fine and could escalate to six months in jail or both. Businesses in violation could also receive a $5,000 fine for breaking the rules. 

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