Bernalillo County’s more than 670,000 residents rely almost exclusively on local government to provide a safe living environment.
This fiscal year, the county will spend some 37-percent of its nearly $500 million dollar budget on public safety. The community programs and services that the county provides are the focus of this year’s effort to highlight county government. The National County Government Month theme for 2013 is -- Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities.
National County Government Month has been celebrated each April since 1991 to raise public awareness about county government’s roles and responsibilities and, clearly, Bernalillo County addresses public safety in many powerful and creative ways. Here are several examples:
Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office
Also, in honor of National County Government Month, Bernalillo County is partnering with Youth Development Incorporated’s Education, Employment and Training Division to give young people a chance to explore public safety careers by riding along with firefighters, deputies and animal care officers for a day. The students will write essays about their experiences that will later be posted on the county’s website, bernco.gov.
To learn more about public safety programs in Bernalillo County during National County Government Month, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, animal care officers, and members of the 24-ERASE team will be at the following public events:
- District 4
Eubank Boulevard construction project/Phase 2 ribbon-cutting, Saturday, April 06, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Eubank & Paseo del Norte.
- District 2
Hand-in-Hand event, Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-12 noon at Westside Community CenterDistrict 2
South Valley Pride Day Parade/Community Celebration - Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Westside Community Center
- District 4
A Day in Paradise Community Celebration, Sunday, April 28, 2013, 5801 Paradise Blvd NW