ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department unveiled a plan Tuesday to get more cops out on to streets to solve crimes and help people. The plan is called APD PACT and was a year in the making.
PACT stands for Police And Community Together. It comes from a private study the police department agreed to after entering into the DOJ Settlement agreement for reforms last year.
The study was done by a law enforcement consultant who recommends the department employ 1,000 officers about 160 more than it has now.
The consultant thinks APD has too many officers downtown and at APD headquarters, so APD is looking at taking 80 of those officers and sending them to different area commands around the city.
The department is also looking to add neighborhood policing teams to each area command. Those would consist of one sergeant and six officers.
The total cost of this study, to date, is $72,000. APD has to submit this plan to the DOJ as part of the settlement agreement.
Right now, APD says the department has 841 sworn officers and a total of 1,450 employees.