Here is my TV ad from 2013 regarding police numbers and APD’s response times. And yes that is former Albuquerque Chief of Police Bob Stover and his wife Linda Stover, the Bernalillo County Clerk elect, in the commercial.
Things have gotten only worse in 3 years. Albuquerque’s violent and property crime rates have now hit a 10 year high. In 2015, there were 34,082 property crimes with a 15% increase. Murders spiked from 30 in 2014 to 46 in 2015. In 2015, Albuquerque’s violent crimes jumped by 9.6% and property crimes increased by 11.7%.
Seven years ago, APD had 1,100 sworn police officer and response times had been brought down below the national average and crime rates were hitting historical lows. Today, APD has 826 sworn police officers with only 430 patrolling our streets with response times at historical highs with calls to APD taking hours instead of minutes to respond.
Mayor Berry spent $60,000 for a study to tell him why crime has spiked when the answer is that “community based policing” does not exist anymore in Albuquerque, his appointed Chiefs of Police have destroyed a once great police department, and APD is under a DOJ consent decree after 41 police shootings with close to $50 million paid in police officer involved shootings and police misconduct cases.