Neighborhood association calls for downtown police district
July 10, 2018 10:16 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Silver Platinum Downtown Neighborhood Association is trying to tackle Albuquerque’s growing crime problem. They’ve drafted a petition that will be sent to Mayor Tim Keller. It calls on the Mayor to immediately fulfill what they say was a campaign promises to create a downtown police district. That district would increase police patrols on foot, bicycle, and horseback, providing safety and stimulation of businesses.
“The petition is really just to tell him we remember the promise, we remember the promise, we remember it, and we hope that he stands by it because we trust him,” Leon Garcia, President of SPDNA said.
Many residents and business have signed on. They say the effort is crucial to reviving the neighborhood.
“There are a lot of businesses like ours in the area, the business next door, that are trying to open and really create something in this neighborhood. And there's significant possibility to be an asset to the community and draw people downtown,” Jeff Wentling, Owner of Monk’s Corner said.
But Garcia fears if the area doesn’t clean up, other business will close their doors for good.
“I don't want to name anybody without their consent but some of the major high gross receipt taxpayers are planning to move. And this is very soon,” Garcia said.
Garcia said he's reached out to Mayor Keller's office many times and has never heard back.
KOB contacted the mayor's office and was sent the following statement:
"We're focused on tackling crime from all sides, including hiring more officers, working with our businesses and neighborhoods, and addressing homelessness. We've got to build a downtown that can thrive as the heart of our city. Mayor Keller is working on options to help everyone feel safe to live, work and play here again. "
Updated: July 10, 2018 10:16 PM
Created: July 10, 2018 09:37 PM
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