ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – During a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Tim Keller and Interim Chief Harold Medina discussed the success of the Metro 15 program. The Albuquerque Police Department reports that about 73% of the offenders arrested since November 2019 are no longer committing crimes in Albuquerque.
The Metro 15 operation targets 15 offenders who are considered to be drivers of crime in Albuquerque. APD states to date that a total of 51 offenders identified through the program have been arrested and 37 of them are no longer on the streets.
“The Metro 15 Program continues to produce quality investigations leading to solid arrests, keeping violent offenders off the streets of Albuquerque,” said Mayor Keller in a press release. “APD has no role in prosecuting the people they arrest, but the department is working on the front end to ensure the courts are prepared to keep violent offenders in jail.”
Authorities say many of the offenders are juveniles that are involved in gang activity, drugs, and gun violence. APD officials highlighted some of the offenders who were committing crimes across the city and are now in custody.
APD reports that it has been putting time and resources in the Metro 15 program as well as the Violence Intervention Program and weekly Anti-Crime Operations. Police say that all three programs are actively targeting the drivers of violent crime and have proven to be successful in a short amount of time.
“APD will continue to work on initiatives targeting the individuals committing crimes in our community and getting them behind bars,” said Interim Chief Medina in the press release. “We strive daily to make Albuquerque a safer place and through programs like Metro 15, we are getting closer to that goal.”
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