ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department is working on a new way to connect with the public. It is an effort to focus more on so-called “community policing,” something the Department of Justice really wants to see.
APD’s area commands are working on new, interactive websites that aim to help them communicate better with their surrounding neighborhoods.
“I would call this a step towards transparency,” said Mark Burton, co-president of the Singing Arrow Neighborhood Association.
Neighbors that live in APD’s Foothills area are checking out a new website that is all about what is going on in their backyards.
“So, we can tell if we are moving in the wrong direction, what is happening, if something new is moving in,” Burton said.
The Foothills Area Command launched the site in September as a pilot project.
“With the growing number of neighborhood associations and block captains and now part of the DOJ report, is building community contacts,” said Cdr. John Thies. “This is a good way to keep in touch with the community.”
The site is updated every day with new property crime cases and prevention tips.
It includes a forum for people to report a problem or to comment on APD’s work and a section to get to know the officers in your area. There is also a calendar, showing upcoming neighborhood association meetings and APD events.
“If you wanted to schedule something, you have a better idea of what day would be best to have whatever officer, lieutenant, sergeant or myself attend,” Cdr. Thies said.
He said it has worked well in his area, so similar websites will start popping up for the other five area commands in the city.
Neighbors said it looks like it will be a useful tool.
“I know it’s a Foothills Area Command, so it’s going to be more than just our neighborhood,” Burton said. “Seeing what happens in the different neighborhoods, different comments, I think will be helpful.”
The Foothills commander tells KRQE it is a $10,000 contract to get all six sites up and running. No word yet on when the other area websites will launch.