Councilor wants 24/7 police presence in downtown Albuquerque

Posted at: 12/16/2013 2:53 PM
Updated at: 12/16/2013 5:18 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Imagine downtown Albuquerque with police patrolling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's what one city councilor wants, so he'll be making his case at Monday night's council meeting.

Councilor Isaac Benton said people need to feel safe when they're downtown. He's worried that if they're not, the local economy could suffer.

But some local businesses say safety in the downtown area has gotten a lot better.

"I do. I do. I've never had a problem here ever," said Debbie Lopez, who works at Peoples Flower Shops on Central.

But Lopez says seeing an increased police presence wouldn't hurt, either.

"Maybe that would make them think twice about anything happening, so police presence is always good," she added.

In Councilor Benton's proposal, he points out that there are already extra officers scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights, but he wants to see them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The effort would cost $115,000, but he said it's important for people to be safe so businesses can bring in more money for the city.