Mayor, APD announce efforts in combating gun violence
June 20, 2018 05:25 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The City of Albuquerque is pushing for continued efforts in combating gun-related violence in the Duke City.
APD Commanders came together with Mayor Tim Keller to outline a plan that includes the creation of a Crime Gun Intelligence Center.
City officials say APD is competing with other law enforcement agencies for an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that would help in creating the center. It would also include funding for a new bullet recovery system to test firearms, a gunshot detection system, a stereomicroscope to analyze details of bullets and help pay for two investigative analysts, a prosecution analyst, and project coordinator.
“Nearly 78% of violent deaths this year have involved firearms,” Mayor Keller said. “Advanced technology helps us connect the dots between crimes in our city committed with the same gun. We need all of our leaders in different positions to come together to deal with gun violence. I appreciate our Congressional Delegation’s support of this effort, especially when we look to Washington for assistance.”
In an effort to combat gun violence in Albuquerque, APD has also expanded its use of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, or NIBIN, to link guns and shell casings to other crimes. The network, which is run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, has provided APD with 72 leads that have linked to 11 firearms and 169 shooting events.
“We are making progress in many areas to cut down on crime, we need to do more in tackling violent crime,” Mayor Keller said. “And while it is tough to prevent homicides in the same way we prevent property crime, we can target underlying trends, like gun violence, that can lead to more homicides.”
Updated: June 20, 2018 05:25 PM
Created: June 20, 2018 12:06 PM
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