APD unveils plan to clear warrant backlog

Albuquerque, N.M. (KKOB) — Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Chief of Police Harold Medina want lawmakers to give them $10 million to fund a multi-agency proposal that would pay for overtime operations tackling the metro’s warrant backlog. Nearly 5,000 of those outstanding warrants are felonies. Of those, APD says they’ve narrowed it down to 800 that they will prioritize. They include warrants for violent, recent, and perpetual offenders. Many are wanted for Homicide, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, or Aggravated Assault. Sixteen investigative teams will try to clear one warrant a week each. APD Chief of Police, Harold Medina says this isn’t the first time the department’s tried to clear the backlog. Back in the 90s, the effort was funded by the courts. This difference this time is that APD will focus on people who are driving crime in the metro, not just the list at large. APD say itwill work closely with its partners at BCSO, New Mexico State Police, and the U.S. Marshals Office in the effort.