If you’ve driven around Albuquerque in the last year, you’ve likely, seen a lot more people pulled over. Albuquerque police aren’t playing around when it comes to traffic stops.
“Traffic stops is what we’ve focused on the most,” said APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos.
Most people who KRQE News 13 spoke with are on board.
“I think it’s a good idea…You know, we were getting behind on it,” said Rudolph Serrano.
The Albuquerque Police Department said under the new administration, pulling law-breakers over has become a big part of their job.
“We really emphasize with the officers to pick up their traffic enforcement, make those stops, be proactive,” said Gallegos.
It shows in the numbers. KRQE News 13 asked APD for the number of traffic stops officers made in the last four months of Mayor Berry’s time in office in 2017, and compared them to the latest four months under Mayor Keller.
Under Mayor Berry, officers averaged just under 2,500 traffic stops a month. Now, officers are averaging more than 4,500 a month under Mayor Keller. That’s an 84 percent jump.
“The hope is, now that we’ve hired a 100 new officers…we’re gonna be hiring another 100 officers…that we can really pick up the pace on that,” said Gallegos.
In those numbers, KRQE News 13 also noticed that as traffic stops went up, crashes dropped by 12 percent. APD said these stops also prevent crime.
“Stopping and pulling people over can lead to other arrests, and it has quite a bit,” he said.
In the last four months, APD has made more than 18,000 stops. However, back in 2009, they made more than 12,000 stops in just one month.
As APD increases its number of traffic stops, it’s also trying to increase its transparency. The Real Time Crime Center has created a system to track the number of calls for service, arrests, stops and citations for each week.
The numbers will be posted to their social media accounts to keep the public informed. APD is also looking to eventually add recovered firearms and stolen vehicles to that list.