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Mayor Keller touts new plan to tackle violent crime

KOB Web Staff
Updated: November 22, 2019 10:10 PM
Created: November 22, 2019 03:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Mayor Tim Keller unveiled a new plan Friday to address violent crime in Albuquerque. 

The mayor said the Violence Intervention Plan is a partnership system that includes law enforcement, prosecutors and social service and community provides to reduce violent crime.

"This is a first-of-its kind program for Albuquerque that pairs law enforcement and public health -- working together to put the drivers of violent crime behind bars while creating paths away from violence for those who are not yet drawn into the cycle of violence or are looking for a way out," Keller said. 

The mayor said the four key pieces of the program:

Law enforcement- Restructured APD to create a first-of-its-kind Violence Intervention Division with its own Commander. That division is designed to make cross-functional partnership as productive as possible. APD is removing the silos between investigative units and increasing coordination in the fight against violent crime among field officers, undercover detectives, the intelligence unit, forensic techs, crime analysts and victim advocates. Law enforcement partners on the program include the State Police, Probation and Parole, ATF, DEA, FBI, US Marshal and Homeland Security.

Prosecution partners- Prosecutors from all systems including the Attorney General, District Attorney, US Attorney and Office of Superintendent of Insurance will collaborate to share information and make sure cases are going to the appropriate teams and courts. Prosecutors and law enforcement partners will also work with analysts from APD’s Real Time Crime Center and the NIBIN and Gun Violence Reduction Units to review shooting incidents on a bi-weekly basis.

Social Services- The City has always funded social services aimed at violence reduction. However, for the first time Family and Community Services is specifically working with the community to identify the most effective evidence-based violence reduction strategies, and requiring providers to work together in the Violence Intervention Program. The administration created a Deputy Director of Health position held by a clinical social worker.

Community Partners- The City is reaching out to community partners, including the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, that are dealing with the causes and effects of violent crime to work together on this program. A technical advisor will lead partnership-based violence reduction efforts to improve police-community trust and sustain the strategy over time.

The mayor also pointed statistics showing that a majority of the violent crime offenders are men under the age of 30. The city Family and Community Services Department has put out a Request for Proposal for evidence based crime solutions for that age group. Up to $733,000 could be allocated for that initiative.

“Family services has issued a problem-based Request for Proposals asking for solutions to prevent and address gang, delinquent behavior, criminal involvement, violence in criminal acts by children youth, young adults through age 24,” said Gilbert Ramirez, deputy director for Family and Community Services.

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