Updated: June 18, 2020 06:19 PM
Created: June 18, 2020 05:03 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Albuquerque City Council President Pat Davis released the results of a community policing survey.
"A majority of people, all across the city, are saying they'd be willing to hire fewer cops and put more social workers out to solve these problems," Davis claimed.
Davis said more than 10,000 people in Albuquerque responded to the survey.
"City council has never got 10,000 emails about anything. If we can get that many people engaged in this process, now we have a route, I think, to put some of these complicated questions out."
Davis admitted that the survey is not a scientific poll, but he contends that it shows people are engaged about the issue.
"This is a survey I sent out by email and posted on Facebook and it got shared all around the city," Davis said.
The results show 51% of people think APD should not show up to non-emergency calls, to help free up resources for other community investments. However, the majority of respondents also said they do not feel safe in Albuquerque at night.
Davis says the results will help drive important budget decisions in the months ahead.
"This survey essentially said, pretend you're the city councilor, we only have so much money this year. Do we hire more cops or hire more social workers? They helped - they got to decide what makes that balance work. I think that's a good strategy for making city policy," Davis said.
Mayor Tim Keller has continually said his goal is to hire 400 officers during his first term in office.
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