APD reverses plan to bench DWI unit on Thanksgiving


The Albuquerque Police Department says there’s been a change of plans.

Tuesday night, KRQE News 13 told you Albuquerque police had benched their DWI unit from working part of Thanksgiving weekend.

The holiday weekend is known to be a busy one with lots of drivers on the road. So when KRQE News 13 initially found out the department had sidelined its DWI unit, we wanted to know why.

This time of year, police departments across the state are usually ramping up DWI patrols, helping keep drunk drivers off the roads.

New Mexico State Police, along with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, told KRQE News 13 their DWI units would be out the entire four-day weekend saturating the metro area.

On Tuesday, however, APD told KRQE News 13 it had different plans. The department forced their unit off for two of the days, including Thursday and Friday.

“We’re throwing all of our resources at it Wednesday night,” Officer Simon Drobik said. “We seem to see that that’s the biggest party night.”

After KRQE News 13’s story aired Tuesday night, it got a lot of attention. Wednesday, a spokesperson for the department said there has been a change of plans.

APD is now giving those DWI officers the option to work overtime Thursday and Friday. It’s considered overtime because those two days are paid holidays.

Wednesday night, the unit is conducting a checkpoint.

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