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Message from Acting Commander Simmons / For Your Crime Prevention Needs… / Happy Holidays to All! / Property Crime on Wed. Dec. 13th

Good Morning!!!  My name is Ferris Simmons and I have been asked to take the reins of the Foothills Area Command as the Acting Commander.  Many of you already know me, as I have spent most of my career serving the beautiful Foothills Area Command.  I consider this a great opportunity and am excited to work with each of you.  My philosophy, that I share with our team, is that each call and each encounter is an opportunity to leave the world a better place.  I hope you will carry that with you during your day, as well.  I am available to each of you by email or phone.  I can be reached at (505)332-5240 or

Crime Prevention Needs until February 2018:  I will be out of the office for a short vacation and then going under the knife for foot surgery with an expected return date in late February.  Kaci Currey of the APD Foothills Subsation/Area Command is filling in and will be providing crime prevention services for the Foothills community during this time.  Kaci is excited and ready to jump in and be of service to our community.  She can be reached at (505) 332-5240 or by email.  Please reach out to her during this time and welcome her – she is ready to ready to assist the community!  Thanks, Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / APD, Foothills Area Command

Happy Holidays to All!   Wishing you a happy holiday season and New Year.  Thank you for the support and readership levels and spreading the crime prevention message to the community.   It is truly a pleasure to serve the city and especially the Foothills Area Command residents.  Be safe!

Holiday Tactical Plans are in full swing and our officers will be very visible and some not visible to help keep you safer during this busy season.  You will see lots of police presence and visibility at major shopping areas throughout the city and the Foothills Area Command.  Remember to put your situational awareness skills into play and keep track of wallets, keys, purses, cell phones and lock up those vehicles.  Leave nothing visible and nothing of value inside the vehicle if you can help it.  If you need to put items in the car trunk, put those things in the trunk before you head out to your destination.  If you have a Christmas tree, try to keep it located away from the window visible to the street or keep the blinds closed so potential burglars won’t zero in on the gifts under that beautiful tree.  If you get a large item for a gift this year, break down the box and take it to a the recycle container right away and don’t leave the box by your door (if an apartment resident) or at the curb in (if a single-family residential neighborhood).  Do not ‘advertise’ what Santa brought you this year!  Keep an eye on the car and lock up at all time, but be extra vigilant at places of worship, movies, theater, and other large events that we like to enjoy during the holiday season. If going on a holiday vacation, hold off on posting those photos on social media until you return – don’t advertise that you are out of town.  Let a trusted neighbor know you’ll be out of town, provide an emergency contact number to them and ask them to pick up your mail/papers, check the porch for unexpected deliveries, and pick up any fliers or items left on your property or at the door.  Also, remember not to leave the vehicle running and walk away — this is a 100% preventable type of auto theft and only takes seconds to accomplish for auto thieves who look for these easy opportunities.  Ask your local APD Substation for a Periodic Watch if going out of town – just call the front office staff – our substation can be reached at 332-5240.  Above all — if you see suspicious activity or think a crime is occurring, call 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place and report it.


Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, December 13th:

1 Stolen Vehicle:  12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary:  10700-block of Central Ave NE.

1 Residential Burglary:  11200-block of Campo Del Sol Ave NE.

4 Auto Burglaries:  600-block of Turner Dr NE, 3000-block of Jane Place NE, 12200-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 12700-block of Indian School Rd NE.  Entries:  All unforced entries or no point of entry determined at time of research.  Items stolen:  Vehicle title, vehicle registrations and insurance cards.


Happy holidays to all and be safe!

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