Mayor Keller, APD officials introduce crime-fighting technology

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller and Albuquerque Police Department officials held a news conference on Friday, Oct. 9 to provide updates on new gunshot detection technology being used by the department called ShotSpotter.

According to APD, in July, they tracked more than 800 gunshot detections. ShotSpotter is being implemented in three of APD’s six area commands, based on data showing where gun violence happens the most.

Officers receive ShotSpotter alerts on their phones and laptops within 60 seconds of a shot being fired. Officials say because the alerts are so precise, investigators are more likely to locate and collect shell casings from gunshots, which are then entered into a national database called the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.

Interim Chief of Police Harold Medina and Commander Lenny Nerbetski were onhand to talk about how the new tech will be implemented. During a protest in May over the death of George Floyd, APD stated that the department used its ShotSpotter technology to determine reports of shots fired in the area.

Last month, APD launched a new team that will focus on collecting video, saving crucial time for detectives. The Digital Image and Video Recovery Team (DIVRT) gets called in once an investigation is already underway. Technicians will visit the growing number of businesses and homes who have security cameras, to collect videos that may be used as evidence.

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