A conversation with law enforcement doesn't always have to result in the back of a squad car.
Taos Police Chief David Trujillo met with community members Friday (Feb. 8) to discuss the various …
A conversation with law enforcement doesn't always have to result in a ride in the back of a squad car.
Taos Police Chief David Trujillo met with community members Friday (Feb. 8) to discuss the various aspects of his position as well as to address community concerns. Coffee with the Chief brought together several members of the business community as well as neighbors to talk with Trujillo and get a bit of information on community safety. Some of the topics discussed included burglary prevention, officer recruitment and community watch.
"It's become very difficult to recruit young people," Trujillo said, citing Albuquerque and Santa Fe's recent incentives and raises given to police officers. "We have to have good, honest police officers."
Despite the raises and incentives offered by other departments, Trujillo said he is fully staffed at this time with officers and is hopeful to keep those numbers up.
One of the major issues Trujillo listed as a reason for the meeting wa to discuss property crime. Community members at the meeting were concerned with various property crimes and how to avoid becoming a victim.
"A lot of this crime is opportunistic," Trujillo told the crowd.
Trujillo gave various simple steps on how to avoid crimes such as increased lighting, installing security cameras and remove vegetation or landscaping where someone can hide. Trujillo also noted that there had not been a reported burglary in Taos since December 2018.
Over 20 members of the Taos community made it out to hear Trujillo speak and were treated to coffee and cookies during the conversation at Coronado Hall, 120 Civic Plaza Drive.
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