New downtown safety district created to help curb crime

The city is working on a new solution to the downtown crime problem. 

Mayor Keller says the city has been using a “band-aid solution.” Now it’s designating a downtown safety district which will include a permanent police presence at the Alvarado Transit Center near Central and First Street. 

Mayor Keller also says a force of 15 police officers along with service aides will be on site daily. 

Albuquerque Fire Rescue will also be posted there at high volume call times.

Officers at the new substation will also be working with business owners to find a solution to transients which is their main concern.

The new district will also include groups that can provide resources to the homeless. 

Meanwhile, Solid Waste will be working to clean up the streets on weekend nights.

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