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New Year, New Things to Consider about being Engaged in Community and with Police

I wanted to take this opportunity to list the numerous ways that are available for our community members to learn more about crime prevention and how to be in communication, face to face, with your APD Foothills Area Command team.

Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills:  Monthly, one hour crime prevention workshops at the substation.  Varied topics.

Residential Security Assessments:  These are by appointment through the Crime Prevention Specialist.  Visits to your home take about an hour and you are provided with print material and a checklist tailored to your home with crime prevention recommendations.

Foothills Community Policing Councils:  Monthly, first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. -7:50 p.m. at Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche Rd NE.  These are open to the public; not restricted to the Council members only.

Coalitions of Neighborhoods:  City Council District 8 meets every other month; City Council District 9 meets quarterly.  Contact your City Councilor for dates/times/locations.

Neighborhood Watch:  Contact Steve Sink (244-6644) to get a Starter Kit.  If you are part of an established watch group, try to have a few social events a year to reconnect with neighbors and welcome any new neighbors.

Neighborhood Associations / Home Owner Associations:  Attend meetings, volunteer to serve on a board and share your special skills to benefit your neighborhood.

Albuquerque Block Captain Association:  Free conferences every April and October at the APD Academy classrooms.  Your Neighborhood Watch Block Captain should have contact information or give Steve Sink a call at 244-6644.

New Mexico Crime Prevention Association:  Conferences twice a year with a variety of speakers open to the public and law enforcement professionals.  Neighborhood group members have a reduced rate to attend.

National Night Out:  First August of every year, neighborhood groups can register their events in July and the APD Crime Prevention professionals have more information.  Local law enforcement attends these gatherings.

I hope with the new year beginning, you will make it a resolution to become engaged with local law enforcement and your neighbors.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command