Monday, February 17, 2014

Project GPS Targets Crime

We all know that Secretary Marcantel is the epitome of a cop. His analyst of facts, outcomes and predictions is weighed through a crime scene evaluation mindset, even when he's ordering lunch!! When Secretary Marcantel heard about a spike in crime in Downtown Albuquerque, his cop intuition kicked in. He knew there was a good chance that some of those crimes were being committed by our offenders on probation and parole supervision or those who had absconded from supervision. With this in mind, he created Project GPS.


Project GPS, which stands for geographic proactive supervision, is a proactive approach at curbing crime in high risk areas. Our officers hit the streets with deputies from the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Albuquerque Police Department at the end of July. We spent four hours introducing ourselves to local businesses and making contact with offenders in the area. During the first operation, two arrests were made, heroin was taken off the streets, and we obtain vital information about absconders and drug sells in the area.

Since this first operation, our officers have had Project GPS initiatives in two cities and numerous events such as Balloon Fiesta and the Fair. These operations have made a difference in curbing crime and giving business owners a direct contact when they have a problem. Don't be surprised if you see our next operation in your town!