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Why Albuquerque’s latest experiment in policing doesn’t involve officers

Posted on AllSides November 12th, 2021
From The Center
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Ann Hermes/Staff

As cities wrestle with how to reform policing to reduce the use of lethal force, Albuquerque has created a new kind of responder on the streets. It sends behavioral specialists to deal with calls that involve emergencies like mental health issues and homelessness.

It’s early October, and perhaps the busiest week of the year in New Mexico’s largest city. Hundreds of hot air balloons dot the cloudless blue sky – part of the annual balloon festival that Albuquerque hosts.  

Walter Adams and Leigh White are on patrol. Their white...

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