APD Citizen’s Police Academy

Hi Neighbors!

You may recall that the LWNA board recently had the opportunity to talk directly with APD NW Area Commander, Dodi Camacho, and share our concerns at the September LWNA meeting. In addition, we had the pleasure of speaking with several other officers at the NW Area Command Citizen Appreciation event. Openly talking to our law enforcement officers in welcoming and often cheerful situations goes a long way to creating the community familiarity that benefits our neighborhood.

Now, it can be your turn. APD offers a 12 week Citizen’s Police Academy at the Albuquerque Police Academy. In each of the 24 classes, you will meet with a specific division from 6 to 9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This includes officers from Narcotics, Homicide, K-9, Crime Lab, SWAT, and so many more. You will learn how APD works for you, and its philosophy, policies, and guiding principles. At the end of the program, you will graduate and be offered a chance to ride with one of Albuquerque’s finest for a day and to participate in APD’s Volunteers Services Program.

APD is currently registering for the 49th Citizen’s Police Academy. Classes are FREE and informative. Classes are at the Albuquerque Police Academy at 5412 2nd NW. You must be 18 and pass a background check. You can register at the Citizen’s Police Academy website at https://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/citizen-police-academy or by contacting the Academy’s coordinator Officer Sharon Saavedra at (505) 224-6641.

Have a great new year!!!

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Neighborly New Year

Hello Neighbors and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Need a New Year’s Resolution?  Resolve to be an even better neighbor in the upcoming year.

How?  Here are some ideas to get you started in your quest for neighborly improvement:

  1. Get to know your neighbors by getting involved.  Become a block captain and get a neighborhood watch started (find info on how here).  Host a block party, or be sure to attend when your neighbors organize one.  LWNA also hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual meeting (September) and neighborhood participation in the Keep America Beautiful cleanup (April).  Even a friendly hello or quick wave while you are picking up your mail can change your mindset and your neighbors’.
  2. Stay in-the-know.  Keeping up on what is happening in our neighborhood helps us be good neighbors.  There is more going on in our neck of the woods than just the new Wal-mart store opening (which, by the way, opens mid-January).  Pets get lost every week, town halls are scheduled regularly, and infrastructure routinely needs maintenance.  The LWNA Website and e-mail list are great places to keep up to date on what is going on in the neighborhood, as well as figure out how to report streetlight outages and overgrown arroyos.  Click the “join” page up top to be added to the email list and/or the join the blog on the top right. For more hands-on online involvement, try Nextdoor.com or their downloadable app.  (Nextdoor is a social networking site that allows neighbors to post about matters pertinent to their neighborhood, report lost dogs, etc.  Many LWNA residents are on that site and it is a great place to both ask questions your neighbors may know the answer to, and give valuable information such as lost dog or wild animal sightings.)
  3. Holiday decorations are beautiful, but lights in your eyes as you sleep are a recipe for a grumpy neighbor.  When installing decorations, be sure lights are not directed into your neighbor’s bedroom windows.  If you know your neighbor has a bedroom facing your home, turn your holiday lights off before you go to sleep.  And when the holidays are over, be sure to properly dispose of your tree and lights.  Unfortunately, trees and lights cannot be placed into the blue recycle bins, but Ladera Golf Course sponsors a tree-drop off every year. While this year’s dates aren’t posted yet, check the City’s site for an update: https://www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/events/christmas-tree-recycling.

If you can think of other neighborly suggestions, feel free to post a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy New Year from LWNA!