APD interim chief discusses changes to support homicide investigations

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Department Interim Chief Harold Medina held a news conference on Friday, December 18 to discuss changes to support homicide investigations.

APD says there have been 75-homicides so far this year. Medina says that number is still too high and that’s why he believes a new academy will help solve the problem. “We are working on developing the first detective academy for APD and possibly the state of New Mexico,” Medina says.

Right now, there are more than 100-detectives in APD and they are all expected to attend this academy. Medina says this would help teach them specialized skills when it comes to interviews and interrogations of suspects.

At the moment, the department is still working on a curriculum for the academy and will need to get approval by the Department of Justice monitor. On top of that, Medina is still hoping cases will get solved a lot faster with a new work flow. “Peer reviews, working with the DA’s office, good strong communication, all these are safety tips to ensure that issues don’t occur,” says Medina.

During an update on anti-crime operations and programs on Dec. 10, Medina stated that the department is working with officers in multiple bureaus to improve resources so that officers could make arrests. He explained that more resources have been made available to the homicide unit and that the department has made a commitment to work better with the District Attorney’s office to put together the strongest cases possible.

APD announced on Monday that the department completed its 13th citywide, Anti-Crime Operation that resulted in the arrest of 42 additional offenders. Since the start of the operations in August, 550 offenders have been arrested as a result.

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