APD seeks to expand crime lab into Crime Gun Intelligence Center

Mayor Keller and the Albuquerque Police Department are working to solve gun crimes more quickly.

Members of New Mexico’s Congressional Delegations were invited to the APD Crime Lab for a tour Wednesday morning.

They were then briefed on an $800,000 federal grant the Department recently applied for.

Commanders say the money would build a Crime Gun Intelligence Center as an expansion of the existing crime lab.

They say the extra resources would help police work more quickly to solve gun crimes.

“With that technology in place, we could focus on hot spots in the city where most of our gun violence is and would enable officers to respond to the scene quicker, recover shell casings and hopefully expand the program,” said Christopher George with APD.

The city says nearly 78 percent of violent deaths this year have involved firearms.

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