There was quite a lot of debate about whether or not an “insider” ought to run the Albuquerque Police Division throughout these turbulent instances when public scrutiny of regulation enforcement is at a peak throughout the nation. My neighborhood’s expertise with Harold Medina suggests this specific insider is strictly what we want in Albuquerque.
Harold Medina is one in every of us. He’s homegrown, rising up in Taos and elevating a household right here in Albuquerque. He is aware of this neighborhood on all ranges. To all of us who work in the neighborhood, that could be a very robust and vital level. He values household, neighbors and neighborhood. He understands our metropolis, our individuals, our numerous cultures and our points.
Because the president of the Alamosa Neighborhood Affiliation within the Southwest Mesa, I’ve labored with many cops over time. Harold stood out as a frontrunner as he labored up the APD ranks from patrol officer to sergeant to lieutenant to commander. He grew to become a part of the neighborhood, and whilst a deputy chief and now the interim chief of police, he nonetheless retains in contact.
Medina has an actual grasp on what neighborhood policing needs to be. In addition to being a robust chief, he has a pleasant method and is simple to get together with, which proves to be a vital asset whereas working with neighborhoods and on a grassroots degree.
Albuquerque has at all times had its challenges with crime. I respect that Medina owns as much as these challenges, and he helps his officers as they work with these of us on the neighborhood degree to maintain our streets protected. He additionally understands the worth of working with authorities leaders within the metropolis, county and state, in addition to the prison justice system as a complete and the unsung heroes at nonprofits who present providers to the individuals. It takes all of us working collectively to beat the poverty, habit and lack of providers to deal with psychological sickness.
I belief Medina to maintain us protected as a result of he has the expertise. Property crime went down when he was in control of that unit a decade in the past. After he left, the unit was disbanded as APD misplaced lots of of officers. It’s no shock property crime went up, together with violent crime. It’s additionally no shock that property crime is as soon as once more happening with Medina in cost. I’m assured (with) his give attention to gun violence, and particularly victims of gun violence, (that) violent crime will go down as properly.
Our neighborhood has labored with him and watched him develop. He’s a decisive chief who has the integrity to maneuver APD ahead and maintain the give attention to combating crime and neighborhood policing.