The Associated Press & Kassi Nelson
Updated: December 02, 2019 06:21 PM
Created: December 02, 2019 10:27 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s largest city is taking more heat for flaws in its crime statistics.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the numbers released in July and at the end of 2018 have been revised dramatically to include hundreds - and in some cases thousands - more incidents than were reported initially.
"When we drew the line at six months in this case, there were some files that were up for review that were not included in that first batch," said Mayor Tim Keller. "There was that big of amount of files that had to be reviewed manually--that should never exist."
The city blames a lack of staffing at the records unit that prepared the data and a software glitch.
"We have multiple systems of collecting data, if you will, and it's through taking these different systems, and they don't all talk to each other, just to keep it very nontechnical. We've realized that there is just deficiencies," said APD Deputy Chief Elizabeth Armijo.
Reasons for the inaccuracies come two months after The Associated Press first reported in October that the city amended many of its midyear statistics, noting that several categories of crimes had declined by far lesser percentages than originally touted by city officials.
The corrected figures showed aggravated assaults declined by just 7.5%, not 33%. Rape decreased 3%, not 29%, and auto theft decreased 22%, not 39%.
City lawmakers are asking state lawmakers for $20 million to help fix those deficiencies by updating crime fighting technology.
A portion of that request, $13 million, would go toward managing records.
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