Public Safety

Advocate for and help implement local and state-level policies and practices that will result in a reduction in crime in Bernalillo County and a tough, strategic, fair, and sophisticated criminal justice system.

Our Core Beliefs:

Public Safety BIG Chair Del Esparza speaks alongside D.A. Raúl Torrez, at a press conference announcing the launch of a Crime Strategies Unit, capping more than a year’s worth of Chamber advocacy for the project.

The Chamber’s Public Safety Policy Planks:

  1. Increase the number of police officers and prosecutors in Albuquerque and improve community-based crime-fighting
  2. Ensure Albuquerque has a well-trained, professional police department; support APD in satisfying the DOJ settlement agreement
  3. Improve the use of data, analytics, and technology to make policing and prosecution more strategic and intelligence-driven
  4. Reform criminal justice practices: improve the efficiency of case processing, better address behavioral health challenges, and ensure criminals face swift/certain punishment

Progress and Initiatives

  • Fully build and deploy a new crime-fighting tool that will improve early-stage prosecution decisions and the quality of criminal cases, reduce dismissals and delays, bring defendants to swifter and more certain justice, and increase guilty pleas and conviction rates. 
  • Raise concerns about the release of dangerous, repeat, and well-connected offenders while they await trial
  • Urge courts to use pre-trial detention authority more often
  • Push for pre-trial release/detention policy changes
  • Support efforts to recruit more officers to Albuquerque
  • Oppose attempts to defund the police and policies that would hinder recruitment
  • Encourage local collaboration with federal law enforcement agencies to attack crime
  • Ensure the City’s new community safety department accomplishes its goal of allowing officers more time to deal with serious crime challenges
  • Continue securing funding for – and push for the deployment of – new technology across Albuquerque to catch violent and serial property criminals, including license plate readers and shot spotters

“THERE ARE SOLUTIONS RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FACE”: Press Conference and Summit Focus on Violent Crime and Finding Solutions

On Tuesday, Attorney General Raúl Torrez held a press conference to talk about violent crime, gun violence and policy solutions that could make a difference. …

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“WE’RE GOING TO TAKE IT HEAD-ON”: Bernalillo County DA Announces New Approach to Shoplifting

At a press event yesterday, Bernalillo County District Attorney announced a new focus on shoplifting and organized retail crime, along with new tools and strategies …

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CLOSE CALL: Inmate Cuts Off Ankle Monitor, Shows Glaring System Weaknesses

If you followed the local news last week, you probably saw the KRQE story about the Albuquerque murder suspect, Trey Bausby, who cut off his ankle monitor …

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“A WEDGE IN THE REVOLVING DOOR”: Governor Pledges Support for an Important Pre-Trial Detention Change

Last week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham addressed the state’s persistent violent crime problem and said creating a rebuttable presumption of detention for certain crimes could …

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“PASSIVE MONITORING”: KOB Reporting Shows No Evening, Weekend Supervision of Defendants out on Pre-trial Release

In an alarming story that aired on KOB-TV just days ago, KOB reporter Chris Ramirez found that the 2nd Judicial District Court’s Pretrial Services Division …

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Rape Suspect Accused of Another Sexual Assault while on Ankle Monitor

In our last edition of News and Views, we highlighted a local news story about a man who fatally shot another man while on bail. …

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ABQ JOURNAL REPORTS: Suspect on Pretrial Release Shoots Man at His Home

Devin Munford was arrested on armed robbery charges of a 7-Eleven store on Sunday. Just days later, he was also charged with the deadly shooting …

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GATEWAY CENTER MOVES FORWARD: City Makes $15M Purchase of Gibson Medical Center

Last week, the City of Albuquerque announced the finalization of the $15 million purchase of the Gibson Medical Center. The 572,000-square-foot facility will ultimately become …

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LEADERSHIP ABQ: 2020-2021 Class Programming Underway

LEADERSHIP ABQ: 2020-2021 Class Programming Underway

The Chamber’s 2020-2021 class of Leadership Albuquerque is in full swing! The cohort has now completed two program days: one focusing on the state of …

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CrimeSTAT BRIEFING 2020: "The Tale of Two Cities"

CRIMESTAT BRIEFING 2020: “The Tale of Two Cities”

Last week, Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez delivered his third annual CrimeSTAT briefing virtually to the Chamber at its Public Safety BIG signature event. …

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Learn more about the Public Safety Initiatives

We invite you to learn more about the public safety initiatives of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and encourage you to contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have.


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