Local authorities take lessons from Boston

Posted at: 04/19/2013 5:46 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

About a million people were forced to stay inside their homes as the entire city of Boston was on lockdown Friday. But how do you lock an entire city? And, how would that work in Albuquerque?

Local law enforcement watched the situation in Boston closely. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is looking for ways they can change or improve their own emergency safety plan.

There’s a lot to learn from what’s going on in Boston.

“Every city, every law enforcement agency will at it and look at best, best practices, what we can do better, what they did good that we can take from it,” said Jessica Tyler with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

The city of Albuquerque has never gone on lockdown. But if they were faced with a similar situation like what’s going on in Boston - a lockdown would be necessary.

“If you thought that there was someone walking around with explosives, suicide type bomber or something where somebody is just maybe out committing random acts where we’re not sure where their whereabouts are,” added Tyler. 

BCSO said locking down Albuquerque won’t be too difficult.

“We’re in a bowl type situation where we can lockdown the major interstates coming in and out of the city, in conjunction with the smaller highways that also filter in and out of the city,” said Tyler.

But how long can you keep people inside their homes? That’s something Albuquerque law enforcement will have to look at.

“How long can you really shelter these residents in place before they need to get out, before they need food?” asked Tyler.

The sheriff's office will review their emergency plan once the situation in Boston comes to an end.