ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s Party Patrol is one group tasked with doing that. Now, city councilors want to give the program more money, which will help pay for more officers, allowing them to respond quicker and cover more of the city.
All of this less comes than a week after a Sandia High School senior was killed at a homecoming after-party. APD says in recent months they’ve seen an increase in house parties turning violent. City councilors hope with more funding, the Party Patrol will shut these parties down before someone else gets hurt.
While the Party Patrol has been back at work this summer, city councilors Brad Winter, Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones think it needs more support. They’re introducing legislation to appropriate $150,000 of general fund money to the program.
“What this does is expands it to give them enough money to take off-duty officers to respond to underage drinking calls, and the reason that is so successful, people understood if it looked like an underage drinking call and they would respond immediately,” says Brad Winter.
The program has been operating in a very small capacity with only about $40,000 in grant money, but it’s clear it needs to have a wider reach.
This comes just days after the death of 17-year-old Sean Markey. The Sandia High school senior was shot and killed at a homecoming after-party over the weekend.
“To be able to just…high-profile, to be out there quickly, that it could help with some of this youth violence that we’re having,” Winter says.
Nicole Chavez Lucero’s son Jaydon was killed in a drive-by shooting at a house party in 2015. She says it’s clear that violence in Albuquerque is escalating and hopes teens will think twice before going out.
“These parties, you just don’t know who is going to come in or who is going to drive by,” Lucero says.
APD just recently brought the Party Patrol program back this summer after more than six years without it.
The resolution will be formally introduced at the October 7 city council meeting and be on the agenda for final action on October 21.