Public responds to Albuquerque police’s ‘Talk With a Cop’ campaign

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police asked, and citizens responded with an array of comments through TalkWithaCop.com. KRQE News 13 obtained everything they had to say.

The campaign was meant to bridge the conversation between police and the public.

“I just think it was an outlet for people to be heard, and that’s what we want,” Celina Espinoza with APD said.

Since last December, more than 100 people have let APD know what’s on their mind via an online form, even if it was just to say “Hi.”

The Talk with a Cop campaign began in December of last year and went offline about a month ago.

“We’ve gotten everything from ‘I’ve seen a bicyclist on the sidewalk is that allowable? or is there an ordinance against that?’ to people who have asked questions about recruiting,” Espinoza said.

One person dropped a tip about speeders on Rainbow in the northwest. APD says it responded by sending more patrol officers to the area.

A few people tried to use the form as an online 911, which isn’t the right thing to do, police say. Instead, call 911 or 242-COPS.

“Those emails we responded to ASAP, because you never know what’s going on in that situation,” Espinoza said.

A 19-year-old even asked for help finding his birth parents, not something APD can do, but the department did point the young man in the right direction.

Out of roughly 140 responses, about 30 were critical.

One person simply wrote in, “Why are all cops bad?” Another questioned why officers don’t use their turn signals.

“We tell them the process of being able to report that,” Espinoza said in reply. “To make sure you’re getting the license plate number or a man number that would be on the car.”

Most emails got a reply from the department, sparking that conversation police wanted to get going.

“Just know that we are listening,” she said.

A lot of responses were positive, thanking officers. Espinoza said those comments were read aloud to officers during their daily briefings as a bit of motivation.

The website, Talkwithacop.com, is no longer up and running. However, police say they still want to hear from you.

Email Celina Espinoza, Communications and Community Outreach Director, at cespinoza@cabq.gov. You can also reach out to police through their Facebook page or Twitter account.

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