Lawmakers to host public safety town hall in Albuquerque

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque’s crime crisis will be the center of conversation at a public safety town hall Thursday evening.

Anyone is welcome to attend the town hall Thursday evening. It’s a chance to learn about law enforcement and share your own ideas. 

State Rep. Pamelya Herndon – a Democrat from Albuquerque – is hosting the public safety town hall in northeast Albuquerque. 

“There’s been so much conversation throughout Albuquerque about the high rate of crime, so I thought what we need to take a closer look at what’s causing the crime and to bring everybody to the table,” said Herndon.

There will be representatives from the FBI, Albuquerque police, the city’s Violence Intervention Program and district court. 

Herndon says it’ll be a chance to lead about how they all work together.

“The biggest issue is that people want to know about data. And they really what to know what is it that the police department’s looking at, what is it the FBI’s looking at, in terms of addressing crime and how they will be addressing it”, Herndon said. 

She’s also looking for the public’s ideas about crime and how to prevent it. Ideas that could be turned into bills during the next legislative session in Santa Fe.

“I believe that these ideas that the public will be bringing along, with what already has been presented, will make a big difference in how we proceed forward,” said Herndon. 

The public safety meeting will be on May 26 at the Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.