I’ve been a proud member of the law enforcement community for over 46 years, including two decades with the Albuquerque Police Department.
A job that I’ve had for considerably less time, but which I value just as much, is being a grandfather.
When I think about my grandchildren, and my role as the APD chief of police, I know that I want them to grow up safe, healthy and well-educated in crime-free communities. I want the same for all New Mexican children, and one critical way that we can help make that goal a reality is through smart investments in high-quality early childhood programs.
These programs reach children at a crucial time in their young lives, when their brains are developing at an exceptional rate. Research, including research highlighted by the national law enforcement leader group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, shows that high-quality early childhood programs can have long-lasting, positive effects on the children they serve – effects that can improve a child’s ability to succeed in school and life.