New Mexico to receive $18.3 million to fight crime

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*Los Alamos eligible for $24K

By Carol A. Clark

Some $11.1 million of the $18.3 million New Mexico is getting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fight crime is going to the state.  

Of that funding, a little more than $5 million is available to communities throughout New Mexico on a competitive basis. The remainder will be allocated to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to be distributed based on the state’s priorities.

Los Alamos County is eligible for $24,241.

“There is also stimulus money to hire more people but those grants will expire in three or four years and the county would have to begin paying those salaries,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said. “But with approval from the county administrator we will apply for the $24,000. It’s not a whole lot of money but if it’s there we should take part and use it if there’s a need and with the new Judicial/Police/Jail Complex being built, equipment and other things will be needed.”        

The $18.3 million targets a variety of anti-crime initiatives that would otherwise suffer because state and local funding is drying up due to the economic downturn.

Grants can be used to upgrade equipment used by law enforcement, for prosecution and court programs, for drug treatment and prevention programs, among other things, according to a new release issued jointly by U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

“Economic hard times are often accompanied by an increase in crime – a problem that is only made worse when communities must tighten their belts and cut back on public services,” Bingaman said. “This funding will help ensure that communities across the state have the funding they need to protect New Mexicans.”

Udall agreed.

“New Mexico’s responsibility to prevent crime and protect the public is no less important and no less challenging than it was before this recession began,” he said. “Yet our law enforcement agencies are being forced to get by without adequate resources. By making needed investments in our communities, we can help keep New Mexicans safe and secure.”

An additional $7.2 million is set aside for specific local and tribal governments. These communities must apply to the U.S. Department of Justice in order to receive the funding.

Communities and the funding they are eligible for include:

New Mexico counties:

Bernalillo County - $514,036         

Chaves County - $29,408

Cibola County - $33,382                       

Curry County - $12,121

De Baca County - $65,372

Dona Ana County - $166,312         

Eddy County - $33,580           

Lea County - $26,228

Lincoln County - $24,043           

Los Alamos County - $24,241           

Luna County - $27,818           

McKinley County - $60,405

Otero County - $79,281           

Rio Arriba - $24,043

Sandoval County - $31,395           

San Juan County - $153,794

Santa Fe County - $115,445

Socorro County - $10,928

Taos County - $48,085           

Torrance County - $22,056           

Valencia County - $99,549

New Mexico Communities:

Albuquerque - $2.8 million     

Alamogordo - $67,359           

Artesia - $17,684           

Aztec - $28,414

Belen - $48,284           

Bloomfield - $65,372

Bernalillo - $68,949

Carlsbad - $68,154                       

Clovis - $142,666         

Deming - $20,665           

Farmington - $291,095         

Gallup - $143,263         

Grants - $39,740           

Hobbs - $232,081

Los Lunas - $63,187           

Las Cruces - $281,558

Las Vegas - $92,793           

Lovington - $27,818           

Portales - $20,466

Raton - $20,863           

Rio Rancho - $143,461         

Ruidoso - $27,421

Roswell - $232,081

Santa Fe - $202,674         

Santa Rosa - $25,434           

Silver City - $87,428           

Socorro - $46,496           

Sunland Park - $14,704                      

Taos - $31,792           

Truth or Consequences - $24,837           

Tucumcari - $53,252           

New Mexico Tribal Communities:

Acoma Tribal Police - $13,909

Laguna Tribal Police - $75,506

Taos Pueblo Tribal Police - $26,030

Zuni Tribal Police - $19,274