ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City officials held a news conference Friday on the progress of Albuquerque’s new “Metro 15” list. It’s a program the city say is working.
“We’ve arrested our first Metro 15 plus five more, so 20 total since the Metro 15 started,” Mayor Tim Keller said.
Two months ago, Mayor Keller announced the new Metro 15 program, which goes after the criminals responsible for a significant amount of crime in the city. Once an arrest is made, another name is added to the list.
However, the Albuquerque Police Department has learned two of the 20 arrested offenders have been released. Authorities say their goal is to keep all of them behind bars.
“We don’t want to be wasting our precious resources and manpower to put band-aids on problems we can’t solve. Our officers more than anybody want to make sure they stay locked up and pay for their crimes,” Chief Mike Geier.
Those on the Metro 15 list aren’t necessarily violent offenders but do have a significant criminal history and are repeat offenders.