ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Did you ever want to help fight crime without having to sign up for the police academy yourself?
The city of Albuquerque is giving citizens a new option, saying a donation to its recently created foundation will support municipal government endeavors like police retention and recruitment.
The city estimates the One Albuquerque Foundation/City of Albuquerque Foundation could bring in $400,000 annually, according to spokeswoman Jessie Damazyn. The city says it intends to apply donations not just toward first responder recruitment, but also homelessness reduction efforts, youth programming and workforce development.
“Every day, people in Albuquerque ask how they can step up and be part of addressing our city’s greatest challenges,” Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement.