Ham Clubs can also Fight Crime

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    I was reading about all the problems that Taos (New Mexico) has had with their “Fiestas de Taos” Celebration and was surprised to see that the Taos Amateur Radio Club is helping the city “Fight Crime.” Another example of what Amateur Radio Clubs can help the public good!    …    Layne AE1N


    “The crime and general “riffraff” that worry some shop owners are problems that local law enforcement is working to address this year. Lt. David Maggio, interim police chief with Taos Police Department, said that security begins with a complete analysis performed in cooperation with Taos Volunteer Fire Department. Handling the foot traffic shop owners noted is one part of law enforcement officials’ strategies; cordoning off certain areas with traffic cones helps mitigate congestion and serves to guide visitors, and contingency plans are made in case of emergencies.

    Theft, excessive drinking and drug use are frequent challenges law enforcement has encountered during the fiestas, Maggio said. And at the darker end of the spectrum, there is potential gang violence.

    Maggio said that extra support has been called in to assist in spotting and responding to crime throughout the weekend. “We always beef up security,” Maggio said. “We brought up seven mounted police from the New Mexico State Police. We have extra bicycle and unit patrols. We contract with the [Taos County] Sheriff’s [Office], and we have the ham radio operators with the Taos Amateur Radio Club serving as extra eyes and ears.” [emphasis mine]





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