ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller introduced a new Violence Intervention Program on Friday afternoon meant to address the high numbers of homicides, shootings and other categories of violent crime across the city.
The initiative was announced the same week the city hit 72 homicides – matching the highest number in recent history. But Keller said they had been planning it for months, visiting different cities and researching other programs that have worked.
“Other cities have dealt with this,” he said. “Unfortunately, in our city and our community as a whole in New Mexico, we are way behind when it comes to dealing with issues around violent crime. However this means there are a lot of cities to learn from.”