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Albuquerque planning data-driven crime-fighting approach

Kai Porter
December 06, 2017 10:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There is a new push to fight property crime in Albuquerque using cutting edge technology. Plans are already in the works to develop a new data-driven approach to cut down on crime, and it's being modeled after a major city on the West Coast.

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On Thursday, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce will host San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon at a luncheon. Gascon will speak about how he's tackled crime in his city by analyzing data.

Del Esparza, co-chair of the chamber's Public Safety Bold Issues Group said Gascon will talk about his Crime Strategies Unit which was created in San Francisco in 2014. It's a team that uses a data-driven approach to analyze what, and who is driving crime and then prevent it.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez plans to bring the technology here.

"We don't have the technology to talk to each other," Esparza said. "So the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office might know that this particular criminal did this one thing but their technology, their software, didn't speak with APD. And APD didn't speak with the State Police office. "And so under DA Torrez's leadership, we're in the process of bringing that together."

Esparza said a Crime Strategies Unit could roll out in Albuquerque as early as next year and he hopes we'll see the same success as San Francisco.

"So you have business owners, you have property owners, that are now working very collaboratively with the police department, with the DA's office to help address crime and consequently crime has gone down."

The chamber's online calendar has more information about this event.

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