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City councilors announce plan to increase community policing on Route 66

Ryan Laughlin
May 02, 2019 06:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City councilors say more than 200 new businesses have popped up since ART construction ended and they plan on using $1 million for community policing. They intend to hire 10 new bike patrol officers for the Central corridor. 

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"To prioritize safety and a way to invite customers back to Central, and so today is our announcement of how we intend to do just that," said city councilor Pat Davis. 

Davis said the money will come from a proposed amendment to the city's budget. The money will be generated from the new internet sales tax. 

Dan Garcia from Garcia's Kitchen says he's hopeful about the new plan. There have been multiple incidents at his business recently. 

"They just broke our windows, all our windows in the front," Garcia said. "One guy actually got in through our back door and stole the computer and stuff."

Garcia says hopefully it will get better with police patrol because people will feel more secure. 

The Albuquerque Police Department's Deputy Chief of Staff Elizabeth Armijo says hiring has already begun, and she estimates some of the officers will be patrolling Central by this summer. 

"Knowing that the officers are engaged, I think that's huge for the community," Armijo said. 

There's another $500,000 planned for marketing grant money. 

To see more of the businesses that moved to Central since ART construction ended, click here.

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