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Plan to crack down on crime in Albuquerque includes 50 NMSP officers

Joshua Panas
May 10, 2019 06:35 PM

SANTA FE, N.M.- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has assigned 50 New Mexico State Police officers to "targeted areas" in Albuquerque to help reduce violent crime.

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The governor has also directed the Alcohol and Gaming Division to increase enforcement at liquor establishments. In partnership with the Albuquerque Police Department, the governor said there will be heightened awareness around over-consumption and sales of alcohol to minors. 

The Probation and Parole Division will also lead a coordinated effort with the District Attorney's Office, state police and local police to locate fugitives.

“My administration always stands at the ready to assist local partners in keeping New Mexicans safe,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “Violent crime in Albuquerque is a scourge, and we will attack the roots of that scourge with targeted deployments of manpower and resources."

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said at press conference Friday that he has been working with the state to come up with a plan to bring down violent crime. 

“Over the last decade, violent crime driven by drugs, gangs, guns, and domestic violence has become an increasingly deadly challenge for this community,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said. “We have made this dangerous mix of crime our top priority.

The plan includes partnering with UNM to create an increased police presence in the area.

“Our UNM police officers will be conducting joint patrols with the Albuquerque Police Department officers in areas adjacent to campus," said University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes.

District Attorney Raúl Torrez said the preventative detention system is not working. He said he will pursue policy changes to keep violent offenders off the streets.

"Next week, I intend to introduce a proposed package for legislative action that I will be asking the Governor and the leadership in Santa Fe to take action on in the next session,” said District Attorney Raúl Torrez.

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