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Please call 911 in an emergency. Terms of Use: https://www.cabq.gov/police/apd-social-media-terms-of-use Mission Statement:
"The mission of the Albuquerque Police Department is to preserve the peace and protect our community through community oriented policing, with fairness, integrity, pride and respect." The men and women of the Albuquerque Police Department are honored to have the opportunity

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09/02/2021

Today Officer Verbeck was released from the hospital. We appreciate the overwhelming support from our law enforcement partners and the community during this time. 💙

This morning APD joined the Spirit of Liberty Foundation’s “ 9/11 Angel Tribute Cars” Crossing America Tour, honoring ou...
09/01/2021

This morning APD joined the Spirit of Liberty Foundation’s “ 9/11 Angel Tribute Cars” Crossing America Tour, honoring our fallen heroes.

This morning APD joined the Spirit of Liberty Foundation’s “ 9/11 Angel Tribute Cars” Crossing America Tour, honoring our fallen heroes.

With the recent crime trends APD released yesterday. Let's continue to bring crime down together. Here are some crime pr...
09/01/2021
Break crime's grip

With the recent crime trends APD released yesterday. Let's continue to bring crime down together. Here are some crime preventions tips to help keep you and your property safe.

Crime in Albuquerque. We read about it, hear about it and experience it. We want something done abou ...

APD continues to drive down auto thefts as a new national ranking shows the four-county metro area moved out of the top ...
08/31/2021

APD continues to drive down auto thefts as a new national ranking shows the four-county metro area moved out of the top five for vehicle theft rates. APD has worked with the state Office of Superintendent of Insurance and the New Mexico State Police to target auto theft.

The metro area, which includes a four-county region, was ranked worst in the nation from 2016-2018, according to the Hot Spot report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The 2020 report, released today, shows the Albuquerque metro area with 632 thefts per 100,000 people. That represents an 9% decrease from 2019, and a 42% decrease over the past three years, according to the NICB report based on data from the National Crime Information Center.

Albuquerque Metro ranked behind Bakersfield, CA, which had a 905 theft rate. Yuba City, CA, ranked second; Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, ranked third; Odessa, TX, ranked fourth; and San Francisco-Oakland-Berkley, CA ranked fifth.

APD continues to drive down auto thefts as a new national ranking shows the four-county metro area moved out of the top five for vehicle theft rates. APD has worked with the state Office of Superintendent of Insurance and the New Mexico State Police to target auto theft.

The metro area, which includes a four-county region, was ranked worst in the nation from 2016-2018, according to the Hot Spot report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The 2020 report, released today, shows the Albuquerque metro area with 632 thefts per 100,000 people. That represents an 9% decrease from 2019, and a 42% decrease over the past three years, according to the NICB report based on data from the National Crime Information Center.

Albuquerque Metro ranked behind Bakersfield, CA, which had a 905 theft rate. Yuba City, CA, ranked second; Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, ranked third; Odessa, TX, ranked fourth; and San Francisco-Oakland-Berkley, CA ranked fifth.

Our DWI unit arrested 10 drunk drivers during a sobriety checkpoint over Saturday night at Eubank and Constitution NE. T...
08/30/2021

Our DWI unit arrested 10 drunk drivers during a sobriety checkpoint over Saturday night at Eubank and Constitution NE. Thank you to everyone who used designated drivers or ride sharing if they chose to drink alcohol.

Our DWI unit arrested 10 drunk drivers during a sobriety checkpoint over Saturday night at Eubank and Constitution NE. Thank you to everyone who used designated drivers or ride sharing if they chose to drink alcohol.

Yesterday, APD Chief Medina and Mayor Tim Keller honored Jaqueline, a PSA, and Johnny, a member of our community. Both a...
08/27/2021

Yesterday, APD Chief Medina and Mayor Tim Keller honored Jaqueline, a PSA, and Johnny, a member of our community. Both acted quickly last week to help save the lives of our officers. We’re grateful for them and all our police officers.

Yesterday, APD Chief Medina and Mayor Tim Keller honored Jaqueline, a PSA, and Johnny, a member of our community. Both acted quickly last week to help save the lives of our officers. We’re grateful for them and all our police officers.

Happy #NationalDogDay from APD K-9 unit!
08/26/2021

Happy #NationalDogDay from APD K-9 unit!

08/26/2021

Today Officer Eichel was released from the hospital. We appreciate the overwhelming support from our law enforcement partners and the community during this time. 💙

08/24/2021

APD Announces Murder Charge in 1988 Homicide of Althea Oakeley

Albuquerque Chief of Police Harold Medina announced the resolution of a 33-year-old cold case with a murder charge related to the 1988 homicide of Althea Oakeley.

Police worked with the District Attorney’s Office to charge Paul Raymond Apodaca, a 53-year-old convicted felon, with an open count of murder.

Oakeley, a native of Taos who was 21 at the time of her death, was attending the University of New Mexico.

Apodaca was arrested by University of New Mexico police on July 20, 2021 for violating his probation. Upon his arrest, Apodaca told police he had committed several murders and r**es in the 1980s and 1990s. APD detectives later interviewed him.

“This arrest means a lot to me, personally, because I knew Althea and her family from Taos,” Chief Medina said. “I was only a teen-ager at the time, but I remember the impact her death had on our community. More than anything, I hope this arrest provides some closure for Althea’s parents and her brother. I will always think about them as we work to bring justice for victims of crime.”

APD Cold Case detectives have been investigating the murder of Oakeley, as well as other murder cases and a shooting since Apodaca made his confessions. S*x Crimes detectives have also been investigating his claims of ra**ng women. Detectives are attempting to corroborate details provided by Apodaca about each crime, and verify whether any of those details were available to the public since the crimes occurred.

One r**e has been tied to Apodaca because of Mayor Tim Keller’s efforts to clear a backlog of more than 5,000 s*x assault kits that sat on evidence shelves for decades. The DNA in one of those kits returned a match on February 2021. APD was recently notified that the DNA matched the known DNA of Paul Apodaca.

“This just shows how important it is to test every r**e kit in a timely way,” Mayor Tim Keller said. “We must clear every backlog in America, and never, ever let it happen again. Time is of the essence.”

Anyone with information about these cold cases or any other homicide being investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department are urged to call 505-768-2416.

This morning the Southeast area command participated in Coffee with a Cop. Thank you to everyone who came out for conver...
08/24/2021

This morning the Southeast area command participated in Coffee with a Cop. Thank you to everyone who came out for conversations and coffee.
#coffeewithacop

On Friday, APD Southeast Area Command celebrated their annual officer appreciation day with family and friends.
08/21/2021

On Friday, APD Southeast Area Command celebrated their annual officer appreciation day with family and friends.

08/21/2021

APD has released the third episode of the ‘Duke City Case Files’ featuring the homicide of 35 year-old Daniel Collins which occurred one year ago today.

Daniel Collins was found in the street on Buena Ventura between Shirley St. and Maxine on August 21, 2020. Collins was walking his bike when the suspects pulled up next to him and shot him. The pick-up truck was located and detectives have persons of interest but need more information from people the offenders may have spoken to or confided in about the crime.

“Daniel had a lot of pride in anything he did he was very meticulous,” said Alice Collins, Daniel’s mother. “He was very kind, very giving, he would stop and help anybody who needed help, he was a lovely person he didn’t deserve to lose his life at 35.”

“They didn’t know Daniel, they had no reason to kill Daniel, and they just did,” said Sgt. Terra Juarez, who has been investigating the case. “It was a crime of opportunity and that’s really scary because they can continue to do that in the future.”

If anyone has tips about this case, they are encouraged to contact APD’s Homicide Unit at (505)-924-6096, or tips can be left anonymously with Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at (505)-843-STOP, or on their website, p3tips.com/531.

APD is trying to locate the individual seen in these images. He is possibly connected to yesterday’s shooting that injur...
08/20/2021

APD is trying to locate the individual seen in these images. He is possibly connected to yesterday’s shooting that injured four officers.

The male was described as wearing all black with a gray Puma backpack.

If you have any information about his whereabouts please contact Crime Stoppers or 242-COPS.

May we #NEVERFORGET our officers who served with courage, bravery, and commitment.On August 18, 2005 police Officer Rich...
08/18/2021

May we #NEVERFORGET our officers who served with courage, bravery, and commitment.
On August 18, 2005 police Officer Richard Smith and Officer Michael King were shot and killed while attempting to take a man into custody for a mental health evaluation.
Officer Smith had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
Officer King had served with the Albuquerque Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

APD results from its summer Downtown Operations held each weekend. Units from across the department worked with officers...
08/18/2021

APD results from its summer Downtown Operations held each weekend. Units from across the department worked with officers in the Downtown Public Safety District to crack down on criminal behavior during weekends this summer.

79 DWI Arrests
1,535 moving citations
85 cites for modified exhaust
8 cites for exhibition of speed
193 reports
92 towed vehicles
64 fights responded
211 verbal warning
47 medical transports
92 Miscellaneous Arrests

APD results from its summer Downtown Operations held each weekend. Units from across the department worked with officers in the Downtown Public Safety District to crack down on criminal behavior during weekends this summer.

79 DWI Arrests
1,535 moving citations
85 cites for modified exhaust
8 cites for exhibition of speed
193 reports
92 towed vehicles
64 fights responded
211 verbal warning
47 medical transports
92 Miscellaneous Arrests

08/17/2021

APD has launched two portals that can accept digital evidence to include videos and photos for two recent shootings.

If someone has digital evidence regarding the shooting that occurred at Ojos Locos along Louisiana or regarding the shooting outside Washington Middle School they can simply go to the two links provided below and upload their evidence.

The uploads can be made anonymously and from any cellphone, tablet or other computer devices.

In the future, APD plans to use these portals for other high profile cases that take place in Albuquerque. This will be used as an investigative tool to help garner leads.

Below you will find links to the two active portals:

- Washington Middle School: https://albuquerquepdnm.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/washingtonmiddleschool
- Ojos Locos: https://albuquerquepdnm.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/ojoslocos

The public is encouraged to provide investigators with any digital evidence they may have.

This morning APD visited Washington Middle School as students head back to school. Our Horse Mounted Unit and comfort do...
08/17/2021

This morning APD visited Washington Middle School as students head back to school. Our Horse Mounted Unit and comfort dog were there to provide support for students and staff.

UPDATE: Foothills area command Cop on the Corner will be postponed. The Albuquerque Police Department is launching a new...
08/17/2021

UPDATE: Foothills area command Cop on the Corner will be postponed.

The Albuquerque Police Department is launching a new program called “Cop on the Corner” to help build relationships with the communities where officers patrol.

The program will give people the opportunity to attend police field briefings where they can interact with the officers assigned to their neighborhoods. Officers will gather information about crimes and specific issues related to the area where the briefings are being held. As these briefings will serve as a way to exchange information, it is also an opportunity for officers to provide the public with crime prevention tips and tools.

Below is a list of the first Cop on the Corner briefings to be held starting next week:

Foothills Area Command:
Friday 8/20, Faith Court and Chelwood Park to the east of Faith in Christ in Lutheran Church, 6:30 a.m.
Friday 8/20, Bianchetti park at Granite and La Charles, 2 p.m.

Northeast Area Command:
Monday 8/16, Bel Air Park, Carlisle and Phoenix, 6:30 a.m.
Tuesday 8/17, 2120 Louisiana NE, 2 p.m.
Wednesday 8/18, La Cueva Town Center, parking lot east of Chili’s, 2 p.m.

Northwest Area Command:
Wednesday 8/18, Mariposa Park, 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday 8/18, West Bluff Park, 2 p.m.

Valley Area Command:
Thursday 8/19, Barelas Senior Center, 10:00 a.m.
Thursday 8/19, North Valley Senior Center 2:00 p.m.

Southeast Area Command:
Thursday 8/19, Parking lot of Mesa Verde Park, 6:30 a.m.
Tuesday 8/31, Morningside Park, 2 p.m.

Southwest Area Command:
Wednesday 8/18, Westgate Heights Park, 2 p.m.
Thursday 8/19, Westgate Community Center, 6:30 a.m

UPDATE: Foothills area command Cop on the Corner will be postponed.

The Albuquerque Police Department is launching a new program called “Cop on the Corner” to help build relationships with the communities where officers patrol.

The program will give people the opportunity to attend police field briefings where they can interact with the officers assigned to their neighborhoods. Officers will gather information about crimes and specific issues related to the area where the briefings are being held. As these briefings will serve as a way to exchange information, it is also an opportunity for officers to provide the public with crime prevention tips and tools.

Below is a list of the first Cop on the Corner briefings to be held starting next week:

Foothills Area Command:
Friday 8/20, Faith Court and Chelwood Park to the east of Faith in Christ in Lutheran Church, 6:30 a.m.
Friday 8/20, Bianchetti park at Granite and La Charles, 2 p.m.

Northeast Area Command:
Monday 8/16, Bel Air Park, Carlisle and Phoenix, 6:30 a.m.
Tuesday 8/17, 2120 Louisiana NE, 2 p.m.
Wednesday 8/18, La Cueva Town Center, parking lot east of Chili’s, 2 p.m.

Northwest Area Command:
Wednesday 8/18, Mariposa Park, 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday 8/18, West Bluff Park, 2 p.m.

Valley Area Command:
Thursday 8/19, Barelas Senior Center, 10:00 a.m.
Thursday 8/19, North Valley Senior Center 2:00 p.m.

Southeast Area Command:
Thursday 8/19, Parking lot of Mesa Verde Park, 6:30 a.m.
Tuesday 8/31, Morningside Park, 2 p.m.

Southwest Area Command:
Wednesday 8/18, Westgate Heights Park, 2 p.m.
Thursday 8/19, Westgate Community Center, 6:30 a.m

This morning, we joined Mayor Tim Keller and our victims advocate for an update on the shootings at Washington Middle Sc...
08/15/2021

This morning, we joined Mayor Tim Keller and our victims advocate for an update on the shootings at Washington Middle School and Ojos Locos.

We ask anyone who has information on the suspect from Ojos Locos to call Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.

This morning, we joined Mayor Tim Keller and our victims advocate for an update on the shootings at Washington Middle School and Ojos Locos.

We ask anyone who has information on the suspect from Ojos Locos to call Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.

08/09/2021

We showed you last week how cool our APD lowrider was, but let's take a look inside. The artwork was done by kids from our community. We want to see the details in your police department's vehicles, in the #COPCarChallenge #communityorientedpolicing

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08/09/2021

Meet APD's Southeast Bike officers. APD's SE Bike officers work out of the Nob Hill Triangle Sub. The hours are as follows:

Monday- Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Congratulations to this months award recipients:Team of the month – Bomb SquadSupervisor of the month  – Sergeant Christ...
08/06/2021

Congratulations to this months award recipients:

Team of the month – Bomb Squad
Supervisor of the month – Sergeant Christopher Rody
Uniformed officer of the month– Officer Kevin Gonzales
Civilian of the month – Valerie Lucero-Fernandez
De-Escalating Officer of the Month – Officer Angelique Calderon
Community Outreach Officer of the Month – Officer Sean Callinan

This week students at the APD Junior Police Academy learned the importance of discipline, responsibility, team concept, ...
08/06/2021

This week students at the APD Junior Police Academy learned the importance of discipline, responsibility, team concept, and physical fitness.

08/05/2021

On the evening of August 4, 2021 APD’s Auto Theft Detectives received a bait car activation near I-25 and Avenida Cesar Chavez. Detectives then received another alert that the ignition had been started.

While monitoring the vehicle, Joseph Lovato, 39, was identified as the individual who stole the city owned bait vehicle.

Lovato drove the vehicle to a residence along Coors and parked. Another individual identified as Christine Lovato, 34, entered the vehicle, and Mr. Lovato got in the passenger seat. While outside the residence, detectives noticed a white F350 that had recently been reported stolen.

Christine and Joseph Lovato then drove the bait car to a local retailer along Coors and Christine entered the business. Joseph remained inside the bait car and at that point, detectives disabled the vehicle. As they began to make a high risk felony stop, Lovato jumped into the driver’s seat and tried to flee in the bait car. He tried multiple times to start the car and was not taking commands from officers.

Joseph Lovato then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A short pursuit ensued before Lovato was taken into custody. Detectives then entered the business and placed Christine Lovato under arrest.

When detectives went back to the residence along Coors, they recovered four stolen vehicles on the property, an F350 truck, a 15ft. trailer and two motorcycles.

Joseph Lovato had two felony warrants and a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest and in addition to fleeing from officers, he initially concealed his identity.

Joseph Lovato was charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting/Evading an Officer and Concealing Identity. Christine Lovato was charged with Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle.

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