The Albuquerque Police Department is taking a new approach to make southwest Albuquerque safer.
Officers patrolling near Central and Coors will be taking steps to lower habitual crime before they have to make arrests.
Police plan to offer people rides to shelters, and help them find food and clothing in an attempt to cut back on crimes like shoplifting and domestic disturbances.
“So we wanna be out here to show that we’re out here to make a difference to turn the place around and make it a safer place for families to be,” Sgt. Larry Middleton said.
Officers will also be working with Solid Waste and local nonprofits to keep the surrounding neighborhoods clear of trash.