Funding sought for Albuquerque Police community response specialists

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two city councilors are trying to secure money for a program that would tackle the growing property crime problem in Albuquerque.

The legislation, sponsored by councilors Pat Davis and Brad Winter, would allow the city to hire as many as 25 retired cops as community response specialists. They won’t carry a badge or gun, but can interview witnesses, dust for fingerprints and file reports.

“You don’t need police officers with a badge and a gun, but you do need someone who knows how to process that scene and how to follow those clues, and that’s really freeing up our officers on patrol to go after the higher priority crimes and be proactive in our neighborhoods,” said Councilor Pat Davis.

The cost would be an estimated $1.5 million and it would cover three years of a pilot program

It’s expected to go before the full city council in early December.

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