The Downtown Public Safety District will be housed at a police substation located at the Alvarado Transportation Center at First and Central SW.
Personnel will include eight police officers assigned to Downtown, with an expansion to 12 officers planned. A deputy chief, a lieutenant and a sergeant will oversee the day-to-day operations. Police service aides will also see duties in the district.
Cities rise and fall with their downtown areas, Keller said during a Wednesday news conference, and “making Downtown Albuquerque safe to live, work and play is key to the city’s and state’s success.”
“This is the only place in our state that is truly urban,” Keller said. “It’s the only place that makes sense to have an urban police force. It’s the area that’s actually policeable exclusively by bike and by foot. And it’s an area that’s still the center of our public transportation system. This is a critical component to a statewide strategy of lifting up New Mexico and it starts with Downtown Albuquerque.”