The community spoke. The Albuquerque Police Department listened. The result: A helpful YouTube video on what to do if you are stopped by a police officer. It can be viewed above.
Another APD-produced video is in the works about what to do if you are a victim of a crime.
The idea for the videos came out of recent community meetings to improve relations between city residents and police. What became clear is that some residents don’t know what to do if they are confronted with either of these situations.
Advice given in the first video dealing with traffic stops should be useful in helping to keep what might be just an unpleasant encounter from escalating.
The second video is intended to offer self-protective advice. Police officer Simon Drobik says that, if your vehicle is burglarized, don’t rummage through the car to see what was stolen. That could destroy evidence like fingerprints. And don’t go into your home if you think it’s been burglarized – the criminals might still be there. And that could lead to worse trouble.
The videos are an excellent way to help both police and residents stay safe. And they show that APD is listening to the community it serves.
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.