- Fact: Our overall rate of crime in Glenwood Hills is about 30% of the city average.
- Fact: Our membership currently stands at 38% of homes in Glenwood Hills. If we increase our membership to just 50% of homes, we can significantly increase our police officer patrol hours.
- Fact: Your participation is critical. Please visit our Membership page to become a dues paying member and support our Neighborhood Patrol efforts.
The Glenwood Hills Neighborhood Patrol was formed in 1994 by Ray and Shirlee Ostenson to combat the large amount of vandalism that was going on in Glenwood Hills – smashed mailboxes, graffiti, trash left over in the streets – and the high-speed traffic that was prevalent in the area. Community policing is a philosophy that recognizes the mutual dependence and shared responsibility of the police and the community in making Albuquerque safer and more livable. After taking a class with an APD police officer at the Wyoming sub-station, interested residents of Glenwood Hills formed a Protective Patrol for our neighborhood. It was one of the first mobile patrols in Albuquerque. However, as patrol members we are eyes and ears only. To strengthen the neighbor patrol, the Glenwood Hills Association began to hire overtime police officers to help control the vandals.
Today, our Chief’s Overtime Patrol Program provides weekly police patrol in our neighborhood. The patrolling officer calls residents in case their garage door is left open at night to prevent burglary invitations, monitors our parks after closing, gives out traffic violations, and looks for suspicious activities. In 2015, 83% of your membership dues went toward covering this program. We have reduced the number of speeding violations in the streets and have prevented accidents as a result of cars not stopping at intersections where there is a stop sign. In addition, the vandalism is almost nonexistent today. We’d like to expand the patrol to week days, as most crime is happening during the day when residents are not home. Your participation is critical. Please visit our Membership page to become a dues paying member.
Become a Neighborhood Patrol Volunteer
We always need more neighborhood volunteers to help with the patrol. Our goal is 100% elimination of vandalism and to have a neighborhood were residents can walk the streets day or night and feel safe in doing it. How does the patrol work? A patrol consists of two “volunteers”, a base station, and a Chiefs overtime police officer (paid by the Glenwood Hills Association). The patrol members are on duty for 2 hours shifts and watch for “unusual” activities, parties in progress, open garage doors, etc. They report these and any “suspicious” activities to the base station by “CB” radios. The base station calls the police officer by “CB” radio and the police officer investigates the incident. The volunteers do not confront anybody. To become a volunteer, please contact Mark LaChey at firstname.lastname@example.org.