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Editorial: APS Police dispatcher goes beyond call of duty

Good thing for Albuquerque Public Schools that district police dispatcher Melissa Cruz is keeping an eye out for it.

Because of Cruz’ ingenuity and drive, APS stands to save “thousands and thousands of dollars,” according to APS Chief Operations Officer Brad Winter.

Cruz was doing routine repair work on one of APS’ 2,500 surveillance cameras when she noticed that she could replace the two belts that permit a camera to pan, tilt and zoom.

Looking into it further, she noticed that the belts cost just $8 apiece.

But, including labor and other costs, an APS vendor was charging the district $365 per camera to change the two belts.

In addition to the expense, it was taking up to six weeks to get a camera repaired and replaced.

Cruz found she could do the job in an hour.

The APS Board of Education rightly recognized Cruz’ contribution during its meeting last week. She deserves a nod of appreciation from the community of taxpayers, too.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.