ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayoral candidate Michelle Garcia Holmes says she has the “experience and knowledge to quickly and effectively attack Albuquerque’s epidemic crime problem,” and earlier this week she released a document outlining the steps she would take.
The 13-page plan, which she has dubbed her Crime Impact Program, contains familiar ideas, such as increasing the number of officers in the Albuquerque Police Department; working with former chiefs and other public safety experts to find an interim and then a permanent chief for the department; and building a new mental health/addiction treatment center using money generated by Bernalillo County through a gross receipts tax previously adopted. But the plan also focuses heavily on combating auto theft, with Garcia Holmes noting that Albuquerque is No. 1 in the nation for that crime.
“I think it’s really crucial and essential right now that we have a crime fighter in the mayor’s office,” she said. “… I’ve worked in this system. I’m not going to go into the mayor’s office and have a learning curve. I think it’s too risky to elect someone who doesn’t have public safety knowledge right now.”
In a news release announcing her plan, Garcia Holmes, a retired police detective and a former chief of staff for the state Attorney General’s Office, said, “We can’t risk our safety to amateurs at this crucial moment in time.”