Albuquerque Police are returning to one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city.
The Albuquerque Police Department is reopening its mini substation in Nob Hill after neighbors and businesses clamored for it.
Central Avenue in Nob Hill bustles with shops and restaurants, but it can also be a popular place for troublemakers.
That’s why businesses like All Sports Trophies say it’s necessary to have more police in the area.
“We have seen homeless around here with the problems they’re causing; with the vandalism that’s going on in the area,” said store owner Kent Mathis.
Wednesday afternoon APD announced its plan to reopen the Triangle Park substation directly across the street from Mathis’s store.
It closed four years ago amid budget cuts, but now, up to six bike officers will work out of the station located on Central at Dartmouth.
“The whole point of community policing is to have our officers present where they live; where they work; where they play, and this is a great example of just that,” said city Mayor Tim Keller.
It’s good news for locals, but still, some worry the substation needs longer hours. It will only be open from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and much of crime in the area occurs late at night.
Violent bar brawls in the street have been caught on camera. There are also robberies, break-ins, and vandalism that’s left broken windows at shops in the area.
“We were just about two weeks ago somebody threw a rock through our plate glass window,” said Mathis. He said, fortunately, it didn’t break.
However, city officials believe reopening the substation will make an impact — working in tandem with more bike patrols.
“They are deterring crime in the northwest and downtown areas right now, and recently we started the bike patrols down in the southeast,” said interim APD Chief Mike Geier.
APD says the long-term goal is to get all four of the city’s mini substations running with late night hours.
The one at Central and Rio Grande currently closes at 5 p.m.
The Triangle Park substation was hit hard by protesters in 2014. They were marching on Central Avenue over APD’s wave of shootings. The substation was nailed with graffiti and eggs.