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:
The Chamber’s Public Safety Policy Planks:
- Increase the number of police officers and prosecutors in Albuquerque and improve community-based crime-fighting
- Ensure Albuquerque has a well-trained, professional police department; support APD in satisfying the DOJ settlement agreement
- Improve the use of data, analytics, and technology to make policing and prosecution more strategic and intelligence-driven
- Reform criminal justice practices: improve the efficiency of case processing, better address behavioral health challenges, and ensure criminals face swift/certain punishment
Initiatives and Progress
- The average time to file criminal charges is now just 21 days (down from 182 days in 2015-2016)
- The average time to resolve a criminal case was just 55 days last year (down from 146 days in 2017)
- Comparing the first half of 2019 to the first half of 2018, crime in ABQ has significantly decreased in nearly all categories
- Backed by the Chamber and funded by the Legislature as a pilot initiative, a team of investigators, prosecutors, and data analysts at the D.A.’s Office is using new technology and data analytics tools to prosecute serious offenders and identify and cripple criminal networks in Albuquerque
- The Chamber worked with the City to secure nearly $20 million in state funding to install gun shot detection systems, speed up DNA testing, launch a Gun Crime Intelligence Center, deploy license plate readers, and more. Mayor Keller also announced that 120 officers were added to APD in the past year
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.